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((updated 9th May 2015))

I've seen a couple of people tweeting about how to manage twitter and stop it from becoming a time sink recently - possibly because it's new year and there are resolutions going on. It's a genuine (first world) problem. If you follow back everyone who follows you your timeline quickly becomes unmanageable. But if you don't follow back won't they be offended? And then there's all the celebs/journos/etc.

My twitter feed is reasonably tight, and an effective tool for me to communicate with others while not getting swamped by spam. Here's how I do it:
  1. I don't backread further than the first scroll of my timeline. Ever. Twitter is something for NOW.

  2. Tweetdeck is your friend. You can put lists in different columns and then arrange columns so that important stuff is more visible. If you want to be an effective twitter user I definitely recommend it.

  3. I don't track or care who follows me. If you follow me, I won't notice unless you talk to me.

  4. I always check my @ replies before my home screen, and regularly throughout the day, and am happy to talk to people whether I am following them or not.

  5. I only follow people who tweet consistently interestingly, and don't pay any attention to whether or not they are following me. If you're a nice-but-dull person then sorry, but I won't fill my timeline with your tweets.

  6. If someone posts something on my timeline that annoys or offends me I unfollow them, even if they are someone I generally admire, but I don't generally mute or block unless the offensiveness comes in @ replies.

  7. If someone I don't know spams me or sends me an offensive @ reply I block them immediately. Life is too short to put up with arseholes.

  8. If someone I do know is consistently annoying/offensive in @ replies then I will also block them, but it takes a lot more provocation from someone I do know than someone I don't, and even then it's sometimes only on a temporary basis if they just won't shut up about something we disagree on and I have no spoons.

  9. Once a month or so I use Manage Flitter to clear out inactives and/or people I had a fad for a few months ago that I am no longer interested in (last year's contestants on The Voice, for example).
So you can see that the people I talk to on twitter and the people I follow on twitter are two overlapping but distinct groups. I don't think I miss much, because people who post consistently interestingly are bound to get retweeted, so I pick them up eventually. Also, there's no real pattern to the people I follow, other than that I find them interesting: there's politicos and journos, musicians, artists, sciencey tweeps, young folk, old folk... your job or your age or your gender or any other attribute doesn't really matter, as long as you are interesting.

Oh, one other thing: I absolutely do not and never will get offended by people not following me back. Just because I am interested in what you have to say does not mean I will assume that you are interested in what I have to say. If you're not following me then I need to try harder to be interesting.
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