I wrote a few weeks ago about my experiment to follow people randomly and to see how it changed my Twitter experience: Is following someone on Twitter a social contract?
This afternoon I realized that the reason I was enjoying using the new Seesmic Desktop was because it gave me the ability to create a new “friends” column that just showed tweets from a select few friends, rather than my full Twitter follow stream.
Here, let me show you what I mean:
Why would the ability to earmark friends out of your twitterstream be useful? Because there are too many non-friends on the list, too much streaming past you ever minute or two that just isn’t of interest from people who aren’t interesting to me. Of course they’re quite likely interesting to other people who find me uninteresting, but that’s what should be the core of social media at its most fundamental, don’t you think?
Hence The “un” Project.
What’s the project? For me to reclaim my Twitter experience by unfollowing uninteresting people.
Easy enough, right? Well, maybe not. Seems to me that with the addition of more and more celebrities and with the average Twitter gamer having 30k or more followers now, perhaps everyone has lost the ability to unfollow others. 🙂 Or maybe Twitter is evolving and growing in a direction that just isn’t congruent with my own interests in this particular real-time social media.
Be that as it may, I invite you to join the un Project and see how things change.
Oh, and here’s how you unfollow someone:
Find a tweet from the person you’re not interested in (and, again, there’s nothing wrong with these people, they’re just not interesting to me, that’s all):
Click on their Twitter handle or name (in this case, it’s “dujourmag”) and you’ll go to their Twitter profile page:
Click on the tiny little triangle adjacent to the word “Following” under their profile picture, and a little window opens up:
Now you can see how to proceed. Click on “Remove” and…
That’s the secret. It’s kind of liberating, actually. Find people who just aren’t interesting and give ’em the boot.
Spread the meme: The un Project to take back Twitter.