Google+, just like any other social networking site with messaging and notification options, has its fair share of annoying users.
Maybe someone is sending private messages that bother you, or mentioning you explicitly in public posts, or maybe you are are annoyed by page update notifications that you receive, or comments that are left on posts that you make.
The Google+ network provides you with two options to deal with these situations: block or mute.
Muting a profile is not as strict as blocking someone. When you mute a profile or page on Google+ you stop receiving update notifications. What this means is that you won't be notified if you are +mentioned, and that they won't be able to push post notifications either.
Note that you can also mute individual posts and entire circles as well. If you mute a post, you won't receive notifications about new comments anymore, while muting a circle prevents that its post are published on your stream's home page.
A muted user can still see posts that you make and post comments on them as well.
Blocking on the other hand is more severe. When you block someone, the following restrictions take effect:
Once you have made up your mind whether you want to block or mute a user or profile on Google+, it is just a matter of knowing how to do it.
Good news is, you can mute or block a user in the same location. Here is how you mute or block a user:
The options are very similar when it comes to pages.
If you select report/block here, a small overlay window is displayed on the screen that informs you about the consequences of your action:
Blocking or muting users has consequences that have not been mentioned yet:
Managing the block and mute list
You can manage the block
and mute list easily on Google Plus as well. You need to do the following for this:
A list with all users and pages that you have blocked or muted appears. The lists are not sorted alphabetically unfortunately, which may make it difficult to find a particular user. The easiest way to locate a user or page is to open the on-page search of your browser -- usually with the shortcut Ctrl-F -- and enter part of the user's or page's name.
Here you can also unblock any user that you have previously blocked or muted.
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