Just like the Facebook Newsfeed, keeping your Twitter timeline full of relevant information. As we increase the number of people we follow on Twitter, we also increase the number of distracting, useless information, otherwise known as noise, that flows into our Twitter timelines. Constantly pruning for fresh information is a tedious and time-consuming job that I only do once a month.
In the meantime and in between time, I use the following tips to keep the noise level down in my Twitter timeline.
Turn Off ReTweets for Individual Accounts
I have quite a few people I follow that love to RT other people’s tweets. Sometimes I’d rather opt-out of their retweets. 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 and select “turn off retweets” from the person icon drop down on a user’s profile (next to the follow button).
Add people to lists rather than follow them
Another way I keep the noise down is by using lists. I try to limit who I’m following as much as possible, but sometimes you follow people simply to keep in contact with them even if they’re tweets suck. To avoid this, I just add that person to a private list. That way I can keep the connection to them, but only check-in when it works for me.
Monthly Following Cleanup
Once a month I use Manage Flitter to clean up my Twitter following. I unfollow people who haven’t tweeted for more than two months or people who haven’t followed me back in over 30 days. Sometimes I’ll move them to a list. Either way, follower management tools can help keep the noise down on Twitter.
Automatically Unfollow (in Bulk)
If you’d rather automate the clean-up process as much as possible, check out apps like TwitQuit that allow you to set parameters to automatically unfollow or follow people after a specified period of time or when they follow or unfollow you. If you have a mass following it’ll be easier if you use bulk unfollow tools to cut the noise down immediately.
Add Your Tip!
Have you mastered the art of keeping the noise out of your Twitter Timeline? Let me know what tips, shortcuts, apps, and hacks you’re using to keep your the tweets coming in your timeline relevant!