Dear Twitter: I went away. But I want to come back.
A couple of months ago I determined to follow-back everyone who followed me on Twitter. I watched as my friend Chris Brogan, among others, interacted with a gazillion followers/followees, and he told me he used search filters in Tweetdeck to manage the conversations and filter out the spam. Sounded like a worthwhile approach…
I used SocialToo to get the process started. But as the hordes started filling up my chat channel — and as my own work on other fronts crowded my time — I found myself doing more pruning than tweeting: cleaning out spammers, etc.
So I barely tweet anymore. My friends’ worthy signals are lost amidst the noise. And I’ve learned this much about myself: I find tools such as Tweetdeck and Seesmic too cumbersome to deal with — setting up Friends Lists, Colleague Lists, Search Terms, etc. takes too much time, especially when time is at a premium.
Interestingly, and distressingly, my blog also suffered as a result from my time away from the tweetstream. The twitterati helped inspire new posts and vet hare-brained ideas. Without that daily interaction, the blog has grown listless. My AdAge Power150 ranking has plummeted, too (for whatever that’s worth).
So I am going to START OVER. I am going to perform a FULL SCRUB.
If you see that I’ve Unfollowed you, please don’t take it personally: if you care enough to express any dismay over my action, you are very likely one of the folks I’ll soon be following again!
Posted on: December 14, 2009 at 11:45 am By Todd Defren