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Posted
13 May 2009 @ 7am

Filtering Twitter, Pt 2

(This was still an early draft until last night, so I’ll be massaging these sentences as the day goes on.)

General rule-based tweet filtering, and per-user @reply settings have one goal in common: give the user more control over the content they view when they launch a client or go to their Twitter homepage.

For whatever reason, there’s one answer so often given when someone cries about content overload or irrelevance: “Don’t like their posts? Unfollow them!”

No. I said I wanted to avoid the noise, not lose the signal entirely. Wrong answer, try again.

There are a lot of processing steps between a user pushing “Post” and that post landing in someone else’s stream. I want a place to cull the noise so the stream consists of good, clean signal. I want to increase the S/N ratio without dropping interesting people wholesale.

The underlying question and discussion is not new, but Twitter will likely be the first service where we make headway finding a solution. How do you navigate, and not be overwhelmed by, a new way of connecting with hundreds or thousands of other people, each of whom are producing unique and interesting content, not all of which is necessarily always relevant to your interests?


3 Comments

Posted by
Mark Fox
18 June 2009 @ 9pm

Exactly. Perhaps one is interested in occasional posts from particular users. This whole idea that every tweet is part of an march of chronological information was initially very off putting. It wasn’t until some more advanced tools came along to allow groups that even could get into Twitter. But groups still leave something lacking… compete, rule based, filtering mechanism (along the lines of iTunes smart playlists) are what I’m interested in.


Posted by
Mark Fox
18 June 2009 @ 9pm


Posted by
DM
5 October 2009 @ 2pm

<p>Exactly. Perhaps one is interested in occasional posts from particular users. This whole idea that every tweet is part of an march of chronological information was initially very off putting. It wasn’t until some more advanced tools came along to allow groups that even could get into Twitter. But groups still leave something lacking… compete, rule based, filtering mechanism (along the lines of iTunes smart playlists) are what I’m interested in.</p>