After the Iron web competition, I spoke with one of the judge (@jmlacroix) about our twitter feed. He explained to me that his feed contain about 60 people only cause he want to read everything in his feed. It make rethink a little bit how I see twitter.
To follow back or not
I had a couple of discussions with other folks if we should follow back someone. Some say that it's a manner of respect to follow back your followers. It cost you nothing and it show some respect. Me? I don't care! I want to follow people that I want to read their tweets. I don't want to follow someone to make him feel special.
Too many followings
I have a small problem with twitter, I must read everything that passed in my feed. I want to know what is happening right now in the web development world and twitter is the perfect tool for that. The problem is that I probably lost too much time reading my feed. Seriously! I removed my notifications to stop me going in twitter the second a tweet landed in my feed. I tried to close twitter but I always reopened it a couples of minutes later. The only solution that I founded was to reduce the numbers of messages in my feed.
Before the Iron web, I had about 500 followings. It was the max that I were able to handle. Since, I unfollow 275 people to a count of 225 followings. It was one of the best move that I did since I am on twitter.
How I decide who I unfollow
- Unfollow all account that didn't post for a long period of time.
- If you talk too much, like one tweet per minute (I don't care about what), you're out.
- Unfollow the big stars (like @BarackObama )
- Unfollow any system that post automatically to twitter (except @newsycombinator)
- If you talk only about your cat, you're also out
I'm also trying to reduce the number of retweet in my feed. I deactivate a lot of retweet for the user that did it too much. I don't mind a retweet per day, but if you did it 6 times in 10 minutes, it's too much!
It felt good!
My fear of missing something is still there. But I founded out that if a big news goes out, you will know it anyway, no matters how many followings you have.
I can also close twitter, come back 6 hours later and still be able to read everything without losing my time or my mind.
I'm always trying to shrink my twitter feed. So if I unfollow you, don't take it personally, I just want to read my twitter and still have a life!