Posts Tagged ‘Twitter’

Taking Back Twitter

October 12, 2016

My Twitter account has been unusable for years. According to Twitter, I joined in April of 2007 – closing in on 10 years ago. I really haven’t used it lately – other than watching Donald Trump’s train wreck of a Twitter feed. So, I’m starting over.

Here’s what my account looks like now in terms of accounts that I follow. More SPAM here than you can shake a stick at.

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Step One: Unfollow (using UnTweeps) any account that isn’t active. In looking through the UnTweeps results, it’s amazing to see how many accounts are inactive (and have been so for several years).

First step is completed. I just unfollowed more than 2,500 accounts that aren’t actively using Twitter.

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Next step is more time consuming. I need to spend some time in my feed unfollowing SPAMMY, irrelevant accounts, and stuff that I’m really not interested in.

I’m looking for guys like this dude below. Brainlessly return following all accounts was a really dumb move…

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I’m unfollowing personal trainers, gold traders, life coaches, wacky political types, inspirational speakers, search engine experts, people who talk about Jesus a lot, etc. How many online marketers are there in the world, anyway? Enough for this round – I’m taking a break. I’m now following < 2,000. My goal is to take my account down to ~500.

Update: Boom. I did it. Currently following 238 accounts. 4,462 accounts unfollowed. See below. Time to give Twitter another chance. I kept The Donald in my feed. It’s hard to look away from a train wreck.

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Third Party Platforms – Building on Thin Ice

April 13, 2010

Twitter announced that it will be launching its own application.  It’s a smart move for Twitter for a host of reasons.  Unfortunately, the move doesn’t bode well for the TweetDecks of the world (i.e., companies that have been building a business on the Twitter platform).

This story has repeated itself over and over again in a variety of ways and contexts.  For example, building a business on the Facebook platform is a scary proposition.  Facebook has repeatedly changed the rules for application developers, and will continue to do so.  iPhone/iPad application developers are likewise subject to the whims of The Apple.  Even if platform changes don’t drive you out of business, they certainly make it hard to plan (which ultimately impacts the value of a business). Read the rest of this entry »

Great explaination of Twitter

March 12, 2008