The joy of unfollowing
The test has now ended, but I hope Twitter brings it back as an official feature. While critics of Twitter have suggested many ways the company could improve its service, unfollow recommendations don’t pop up often as an idea.
The fact is though, when you complain about the things you see on Twitter, these are largely the things the people you follow are talking about. You can follow other people instead.
A few years ago, I got angry at a guy who started tweeting ‘good night’ every single night. He occasionally tweeted things I found useful, but the ‘good night’ tweets really grated on me. Like, really grated on me. So I unfollowed him, and my life was suddenly that little bit happier.
While some people are brutal and ruthless in their unfollowing, many of us build up a Twitter ‘community’ over time and are reluctant to let it go. I’m largely like that; there are people I’ve followed for years who I never engage with, but whose tweets are a familiar sight in my feed. If I looked a bit more closely , maybe they’re nothing more than noise that do nothing to improve my Twitter experience.
And those people who retweet others on topics that just make me angry? Maybe it’s best if I just let them go. And if Twitter can help that? All the better.
There are already some third-party apps like ManageFlitter
that help people trim their follow lists, but hey – since when has Twitter been worried about annoying developers?