I’ve started to reduce the number of people I follow on Twitter. It’s nothing personal or that most people don’t have anything to say – it’s simply that I can’t read it all anymore. At 350 people that I follow, it’s become this constant buzz, almost like textual white noise. What good does that do to anybody?

I just trimmed a few people off the top – accounts that posted constantly, or posted a lot of advertisements, or who covered topics I was absolutely not interested in. I’m now at 337. I think I’d like to get to a point where I get at most a tweet every other minute – as a first step.

It’ll probably cost me some followers as well. I’m now at 254 – down from 258 when last I checked. I think a lot of people will do a follow-for-following type of thing. Again, what good does that do anybody?

I guess I could look into finding a bot or filter program, but again, what good does it do – just to have slightly bigger numbers? No, thank you, I think I prefer smaller numbers if it leads to an actually usable account.

Update: Now at 324 and 250. Hard to say if it’s a trend or just flyby followers anyway.

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  1. Man, I’m so glad I’m not the only one. I feel bad about it, but there’s so many Twitter accounts out there, and so many with giant following/follower numbers, that I just want to refuse that whole race altogether and say “hey, every one of these 80 people I’m following is fun, interesting, and/or relevant.” Otherwise it’s just a big “I’ll sign yours if you sign mine” yearbook-signing bacchanalia, and I got enough of those in high school. Rock on!

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