For some time, I followed most (obvious) non-spammers that followed me on Twitter. I expected Twitter to give me better tools, and better filters over time. They haven’t.
Today I started unfollowing people that weren’t adding any value to my social graph. I am sure I made some mistakes, and unfollowed a few people I should not have – if that is true in your case – if we know each other, please email me and I will follow you back.
I am doing this manually, one account at a time – so I am trying to be careful. I meet so many people in so many different contexts though – I am sure I will unfollow someone I didn’t mean to.
Don’t take it personally. E-Mail me and I will add you back.
So – why? Noise. I used to enjoy Twitter, when I could have a conversation on Twitter. Then I followed too many, and it ALL became noise. The people I wanted to hear were lost in the clutter.
So I started relying only on Twitter Search – which only showed me what *I* was interested in, and not what each of you were interested in. Again – much less fun – but at least manageable. But I lost the value of your inputs. The conversation disappeared.
So now I am going back to a “thin-stream” – a stream of input from people I know, admire, like, and/or trust.
I thinned several hundred accounts out today, and will continue to do so – one account at a time, through personal inspection. Until I have a feed stream I think I can manage (perhaps 500-1000 people).
Sorry if I stepped on any toes.
Twitter was just becoming useless to me as a tool to keep track of what my friends were talking about. I miss that.