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How to deal with the Over Tweeters (you know who you are)

  • Feb 12, 2010
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After reading Kitty_Salinas' micro review I though it would be helpful to share how I deal with the over tweeters or TMI'ers. Below is my six step program that I have been using for a few weeks and it seems to help.
 
  1. Stop sending them to your device via SMS (in my case the iPhone), they talk way too much to be constantly notified of their updates... (See step 5)
  2. Create and use Twitter lists to segment the people you follow into smaller more relevant groups of people. I recommend adding each person you follow to at least one list to get rid of the generic 'All' view, which with TMI'ers is pretty useless. 
  3. Create separate Lists for the over sharers you follow (I created 2 lists, 1 for people i think i should clip 'OntheBubble' and the other for people that i know over share but on occasion have some useful information 'TMICity'
  4. On your compute use TweetDeck and display each group in a separate column, no need to ever look at the raw 'all' feed.
  5. On your device, get an app that supports lists (still looking for one that will support alerts and notifications for specific groups) 
  6. Most importantly... every new person you follow drop them in an 'evaluation group' before you put them in any of your high quality groups. This will give you the ability to quickly see what the 'newbies' are saying and how often they pipe up. If it's TMI clip 'em
Overall this segmentation should help eliminate and isolate the TMI'ers. Plus it can be fun to threaten your friends with making your 'TMI' list.

Try it out and let me know if it helps or what you would do differently.

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August 25, 2011
Good ideas !
 
March 08, 2010
Great tips Jim! I'd also recommend unfollowing those over-tweeters that really don't provide any value at the end of the day or dumping the feeds of these tweeters into an RSS reader for later viewing.
 
February 14, 2010
Thanks Jim. I was just about to tweet how good the latte I'm drinking right now is... Glad I read your tips! Thanks.
 
February 13, 2010
Some good advice. Thanks! I use Tweetdeck, and so will try to implement your ideas to cull things back a bit.
February 14, 2010
Thanks! Let me know if it works out for you, or how you made it work for you.
 
February 13, 2010
I am not exactly big on twitter...but thanks for this. Mayhap I'll be a twittee soon enough LOL!
February 14, 2010
Nice!
September 10, 2010
Woo, I believe the correct terminology is "tweep" ;P
 
February 13, 2010
ha - funny! I get too overwhelmed by having too many people's comment to read, so I end up not following very many people. Consequently, I do not have many followers. But I just can't keep up otherwise!
February 14, 2010
I was on the verge of clipping a bunch of people, then I tried the segmentation, so far so good!
 
February 12, 2010
Great ideas, Jim! This is really helpful. I am also adding a 'NearlySilent' list or alternatively 'PossiblyDeceased' list.  :-)
 
February 12, 2010
I don't tweet but my wife does. Nice job
 
February 12, 2010
Ha, funny review, Jim!  Wait, why's everyone looking at me?  I do not overtweet and I do not provide TMI! *shifty eyes*

Believe it or not, but for as much as I use twitter and for as many people who I follow/who follow me, I don't really put too much thought into it.  Plus, TMI doesn't bother me.  This is all really sound advice though.  I never get SMS alerts because that would be twitter-invading-my-life overkill, and TweetDeck is pretty amazing!
 
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Twitter is a micro-blogging service that allows users to update with text messages of up to 140 characters in length. Users can also read updates from others by going to users' pages or by "following" them. "Following" allows updates from others to arrive automatically in a feed on a user's Twitter homepage. Twitter functionality is similar to that of Facebook's "status" feature, and both can by synced via Facebook status settings.  

Twitter was founded by Jack Dorsey, Biz Stone, and Evan Williams and launched in early 2006. The site later won a South by Southwest Award in the blog category in March 2007. By mid-2008, Twitter featured over 3M accounts. 

In addition to its functionality as a microblogging service, Twitter also features several social networking elements, including public lists of members who are following a user's updates and those who each user is following (although both of these features may be set to private). Twitter also offers a public profile, a scraping mechanism to find and invite people a user knows through email accounts, and a minimally customizable page.

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