For a long while now I’ve not been getting as much out of Twitter as I used to. There’s too much information to take in.

I’ve long said that Twitter is throw-away. If you miss something then it doesn’t matter. If it’s important then I’ll see a retweet or pick up the information from somewhere else. This is wrong. Just because it’s not being retweeted by everybody it doesn’t mean it’s not a worthwhile update. Just because it doesn’t get upvoted on Hacker News it doesn’t mean that it’s not relevant to me.

Somethings is wrong with how I use Twitter. I know I’m not getting as much value from it as I should. It’s still a great source of information when asking questions. But I want to be able to listen, reply and having better conversations.

I follow(ed) 940 Twitter users. That’s too many. So, I’ve unfollowed everyone!

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Now to reclaim Twitter

I’m going to start from scratch. I’m going to follow those that I’ve had conversations with recently. I’m going to re-follow those that I know I’ve read tweets from recently and gained value from. I’m going to start following others who I have conversations with or discover again.

Reclaimed with a hack

I obviously didn’t want to have to do this manually. That would probably have taken a while. I had a quick search for apps to let me unfollow everybody but most apps appear to offer a limited number of unfollows and then require some sort of upgrade. So, I’ve hacked something together that I can use in future and may be useful to others. It’s now in a Reclaim Social github repo.

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