Twitter Minimalism

I came back to Twitter earlier than planned. 29 days felt long enough to be away.  The people I follow are friends, peers, and mentors who I enjoy and I there was no good reason to be absent for another eleven days. However, while I was gone, I realized the platform and its features were the issue for me, not the people. I needed to make some changes before diving back into my timeline.

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Twitter minimalism was the way for me to move forward.

The five steps for Twitter Minimalism

  1. Tweetbot & Tweetdeck – When I put Twitter back on my phone, I did so by purchasing Tweetbot. I wanted an experience outside of the Twitter default – no ads, no ICYMI, no what others like info. Just my feed, my activity, and accessibility to lists. Tweetdeck has always been my default when I am using a browser.  It makes lists easily accessible and helps me control multiple accounts for work efficiently. Also, just like Tweetbot, no ads or other things Twitter thinks I need.tweetdeck twitter minimalism broximar
  2. Turn off all retweets – There was an excellent piece in the Atlantic that reminded us of a time before the retweet button. The author touches on how thought used to go into a retweet. You had to take additional steps. Then, Lifehacker made a script. Now, we have Blindfold to help us turn off the noise. The result of no retweets in my timeline is that it is 100% new content from people I follow. Quoted tweets still show, but at least with a quoted tweet, a person tends to explain why it is being retweeted. There is some thought behind the tweet or a prompt to trigger discussion. I am okay with this.
  3. Stop following brands – I unfollowed over two hundred accounts. I was ruthless. I unfollowed almost all brand/personality accounts. If someone was not following me back, I unfollowed. I am now down to around 300 accounts I follow. All people I enjoy seeing in my timeline.
  4. Utilize lists – The brands and people I still want to see updates from, but not in my main timeline were moved to lists. I created one for Blizzard. One for local. Another for Minimalism. I pop in every now and then when on mobile thanks to Tweetbot, while each list has their own column in Tweetdeck.
  5. No likes or retweets Be the change you want to see in the world. If I don’t want to see retweets, I should not be sending them out. When it comes to something I want to share, I will create a new tweet. I try to limit my quoted retweets to a maximum of one a day. Further to this, I am not a fan of the  “also liked” feature on Twitter, so I no longer like tweets. If I do enjoy a tweet enough, I will make sure to comment and tell the creator instead.

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I did not return to the same old feed. I altered almost everything I did on the platform. The results created a timeline which is calmer, quieter, and easier to follow. The limitations make me more deliberate in my usage and Twitter a much more enjoyable experience overall.

How have you changed your social media experience for the better? Share what has worked for you with everyone in the comments!

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