As I was putting together the “interesting people” posts (more to come by the way), I became impressed with the amount of clutter that’s become part of my online experience. As much as I enjoy the connected life online, I have to admit that the noise outpaced the signal a long time ago, and my ability to find nuggets in the mess is outclassed.
There has been a lot of talk recently of a kind of “social media purge”. One social media star is dropping Google Buzz, the other is giving up blogging, etc etc.. . examples are easy to find of the people shutting off one or more channels entirely.
To me, that’s like tossing out your TV because you just saw a bad show. The problem isn’t the TV, it’s your ability to choose what you watch as opposed to just watching “Dangerous Chefs stalking Dog Whisperers” when it happens to come on and the remote’s too far to reach.
I like Francis‘ approach in cleaning up his facebook “friends” list, he’s not dropping facebook entirely, just removing the connections that provide no value to him. This is the kind of approach I’m going to adopt.
My first target: Twitter.
Now I’ve been known to dislike twitter (Maybe because I gave a talk called “Fuck Twitter” at bitnorth ’09? Nah..).. but when I think about it, the service is fine. It’s certain people’s abilities to remove value from an experience that bugs me. I use Tweetdeck (which I find great), and will be using that to unfollow people who meet the following criteria :
- You act like you’re Chris Brogan but aren’t. Be yourself, Chris is doing a fine job being him.
- You retweet Chris Brogan. If you feel the need to retweet him, you don’t get it.
- You do nothing but retweet others with no added value.
- ANY tweet with a link to a “XX tips/reasons/methods to _______” blog post.
- I never see you do anything but broadcast with no interaction.
- Added: ANY quote from TS Elliot
What would you add to this list?
These are the starting criteria, they may evolve over time. I started this a few days ago, and I’m down to 1700 followed… How long until I reach a happy signal to noise ratio? Stay tuned!