Popular RSS feed aggregator Feedly has introduced a new feature for its Feedly Pro users. This feature is known as Mute Filters, and it allows you to set up a list of keywords, combined with some operators, to selectively filter your feeds. You can now weed out articles that you don’t want to see. If you are into following blogs or news outlets via RSS feeds, there are not many choices out there. Feedly is one of the biggest RSS feed providers since Google Reader.
Every day, millions of professionals and passionate learners use Feedly on their phones and tablets to follow the blogs, magazines and other sources that matter to them. All the content comes to you in one place, in a clean and easy-to-read format. With Mute Filters for Feedly Pro users, you don’t have to read some of this content if you don’t want to.
Setting up Mute Filters is a four-step process that is quite easy. First, open the Filters tab on the top left of your Feedly feed. Then select Add your first filter, add test that is indicative of an article you would like to filter (for example, fidget spinners), set the feeds you want it to apply to, and the duration of the filter. You can even create filters while you read by selecting text via the Feedly web client and select “Mute this phrase” to have a filter built around it. There are even operators you can add to the list for more precise targeting, as well as a small degree of logic.
The Mute filters are just for Feedly Pro accounts right now. Therefore, free users will have to carry on without the filters for now. Hopefully, other RSS readers can add such a filter, as it looks really useful. If you set up some filters and want to check out how they work in the Android app, you can check it out in the Google Play Store.