4 Tips to Cut Useless Tweets Out of Your Twitter Timeline

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As we increase the number of people we follow on Twitter, we also increase the volume of information, aka noise, that flows into our Twitter timelines. Pruning my following for fresh, relevant and insightful information is a tedious and time-consuming job that I only have the heart to do once a month.

In between time, I use these tips to keep the noise level down in my Twitter timeline.


Turn Off Retweets

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When you follow someone on Twitter, you automatically opt-in to see their retweets (RTs). These tweets they share from other Twitter accounts, which can be useful for gaining exposure to new people and ideas on Twitter. However, some folks can take retweeting too far and re-share everything in their timeline or just may not retweet content you’re interested in seeing.

Thankfully, Twitter gives you an option to turn retweets on and off for the people you’re following. To turn retweets off, visit the person’s profile page, tap the person icon and select “turn off retweets” from the drop down on a user’s profile (next to the follow button).

Use Twitter Lists

Another way I keep the noise down is by using lists. Maybe you know someone that you like, but aren’t interested in what they tweet. Add them to a Twitter list instead of following them. With Twitter list, you can stay connected, but only see their tweets when you check the list their in.

Monthly Cleanup

Once a month I use ManageFlitter to clean up my Twitter following. I unfollow people who haven’t tweeted or followed me back after more than two months. Sometimes I’ll move them to a list. Either way, follower management tools like ManageFlitter can help keep the noise down on Twitter.

Automatically Unfollow (in Bulk)

If you’d rather automate a cleanup of your Twitter following, check out apps like TwitQuit that let you set parameters to automatically unfollow/follow people after a period of time or when they follow/unfollow you. If you have a mass following it’ll be easier if you use bulk unfollow tools like this to cut the noise down.

What Would You Do?

Have you mastered the art of keeping the noise in your Twitter Timeline to a minimum? Let me know what tips, shortcuts, apps, and hacks you’re using to keep the most relevant tweets coming!

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  • http://shinytoyrobots.com/ Robin Cannon

    Definitely with you on utilizing Manage Flitter to curate your Twitter follows. It’s a great tool.

    I use it more to weed out inactives than anything else. Sounds like you’re pretty strict in terms of unfollowing people who follow back; is that a universal thing? I find there are multiple accounts which I find are really worth following even if they aren’t reciprocal.

  • http://shegeeks.net/ Corvida Raven

    There are a handful of accounts that I do follow whether they reciprocate or not, but that’s generally not greater than 10 people.

    I’m more strict about the content that I’m taking the time to sort through during the day. I’m more focused on following those who get to the heart of what I’m looking for on Twitter, rather than those who do more general socializing. 

  • The Naija Careerist

    Thanks for these tips. I am really trying to use more list than following people because sometimes the people I follow make me miss out on good information from other tweeps. 

  • Abbott

    These are some fabulous tips Corvida! I am a huge fan of creating different lists rather than just following thousands of tweeters. Great posts and absolutely love your blog!

  • Chris Myers

    Good, practical tips. I like the idea of using lists instead of following.

    I have taken task to clean up my twitter feed to make it more meaningful for me as opposed to haphazardly catching bits and pieces of information here and there. I started using SocialBro-beta to help sort things out. Aside of managing lists, it provides decent analytics and filtering options.