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Twitter lost its luster

2009-04-08 23:21:06.032852+00 by Dan Lyke 6 comments

Almost exactly coincident with my hacking my status update script to post to Flutterby along with Facebook and Twitter, I started finding my Twitter feed to be too spammerific to follow. I've started unsubscribing people, if you're one of those folks and actuallyu read here, my apologies, but if you read Flutterby I probably already read your blog feed anyway, and you were probably just posting to Twitter what was happening there.

Twitter at its most useful seemed like a slow IRC snark between a few interesting people. Then it became some sort of re-tweet (sorry, "RT:") fest, with TinyURLed links that didn't have enough context to tell if I'd either read them before or would be interested in them, or blatant spam. Waaaaay too many content-less "how to promote yourself" (on Twitter, no less) articles.

I think there may be something useful in the basic concept, I'm still watching the feeds of a few folks, similarly for Facebook, but that sense of "oh, look, this is kind of clubby like the early days of weblogging" is gone. Updates that mirrored here weren't really working anyway, I'll probably drop them into something monthly on Flutterby.net for posterity (yes, I have a few RSS feeds working there, kind-of), but I'm starting to get way too many people trying to follow me who are just trying to sell their product, and with whom I've no idea if I want to create a relationship (And I'm not sure how many more vendors I can afford a good relationship with, Rockler's already suckered me into a few daily specials I probably should have held off on...).

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comments in ascending chronological order (reverse):

#Comment Re: made: 2009-04-09 01:11:17.50215+00 by: ebradway

<grin>Post-Twitter: the appropriately named Flutter!</grin>

#Comment Re: made: 2009-04-09 09:47:32.244265+00 by: John Anderson

S:N is a bit better on identi.ca -- I think largely because the spammer crowd doesn't yet know about it.

Also, I've been fairly aggressive about blocking spammers that follow me, so Twitter is still reasonable for me. I think there's some server-side alerting when somebody gets blocked a lot that helps get the real scum skimmed off...

#Comment Re: made: 2009-04-09 11:33:26.300407+00 by: DaveP

Rands in Repose covered this and offered style guidelines a while ago. What I got out of it was that it's easy to unfollow someone, and they'll never know...

#Comment Re: made: 2009-04-09 13:30:40.069789+00 by: Dan Lyke

I think Rands gets one thing wrong: Yeah, you choose who you follow, but my "X is now following you" messages are running pretty high towards the spam side, only it's not immediately obvious which ones are spam and which ones are people whom I've met once or twice and just don't remember. And a few of those have been very worth following.

So my issue with twitter thus far has been that I've been giving follow notifications extra priority. Since that was also what was giving twitter value, it'll be interesting to see where that goes as it changes.

#Comment Re: made: 2009-04-09 17:01:32.594112+00 by: Dwayne

re: X is now following you.

http://twimailer.com/ is worth a look... it allows you to get a little more info about a user who follows you, without having to click through to view their stream.

#Comment Re: made: 2009-04-10 18:11:45.218221+00 by: Mark A. Hershberger

slow irc: exactly.

But, hooked up to my facebook profile, that can actually be useful (to me, anyway). I have limited who sees status updates on FB and so, now that I've been posting about being in NOLA, people I would actually like to see have raise opportunities to meet up that I wouldn't have otherwise.

But yeah... I haven't gotten as much use out of it as I have from, say, RSS. And I haven't been reading my RSS feeds...