1. move 99% of my follows to lists, so I get less useless, dopamine level hacking spam 2. anyone can just call me to say hi, chat or rant: https://sonnet.io/posts/hi
When it comes to making any meaningful, or at least interesting connections with people, I’ve had more success with 2. in a month, than with Twitter in the past 10 years or so.
I miss forums though.
Maybe people should resume doing it.
PS. "back in the day" does makes it sounded old, but it was just 15 years ago or so.
Tweeting these days is like screaming into a hurricane and hoping someone will hear it.
I've blocked twitter (and other social media) in my hosts file on my mac - can't get to it, can't follow links to it and haven't missed it a bit. May have even dropped my BP a couple of points.
For instance, having to open random YouTube links in private browsing mode just to prevent that the home page is forever "poisoned" with this specific type of crap is kinda bizarre.
IMHO recommendation algorithms could be really useful if they allowed the user to play a more active role. Give us a "power user UI".
You can still see the tweets chronologically:
the timeline that Twitter fills using their algorithm instead of just chronologically showing tweets of people you follow
The algorithms are optimised to crank up the engagement metrics. Though that’s certainly good for Twitter, whether that’s actually the best thing for their users is up for debate.
1. Search and find folks that you wish to follow...i think you mentioned php devs, etcx. But, look for their personal blogs, websites - not twitter.
2. When you have found the folks you might want to follow, try and follow any rss/atom feeds that they be publishing for their blogs/sites. If none, then maybe reach out to them and ask what might be a good mechanism to follow them (which ideally is not twitter).
1. Research the Fediverse (https://fediverse.party/en/fediverse)...for platforms, communities on mastodon, pleroma, etc.
2. Once you have established your identity on the fediverse (either stood up your own instance, or joined someone else's or whatever), then look for communities focused around the topics for the people you wish to follow...and then follow them on the fediverse (no twitter-like algorithm here on the fediverse).
You can actually pursue both of the above paths if you wish! :-)
I'm subscribed to your RSS feed, that's how I follow people who write about webdev. ;)
I use the algorithmic timeline because a lot of people I follow are in a different timezone, so chronologic means I just never see their tweets. But in the last few months, it feels like I see more tweets from accounts I don’t follow than those I do.
Twitter tends to suggest trending tweets on topics it assumes I'm interested in. It tends to pick up self-promoters posting sensational headlines. I tell Twitter "See less tweets like this" and also mute that account. Doing so a few times definitely improved my experience on the timeline.
Recommendation algorithms help me find interesting content I wouldn't have found otherwise, but are not yet smart enough to filter noise on its own. Just like one tends their own garden by pruning weeds, it helps to actively maintain one's timeline.
There's no way I'd let Twitter tell me which tweets I should see. You're going to end up with people that promote themselves and their friends, and that promotion gets annoying in a hurry - if I wanted that I'd watch QVC.
I mostly try to avoid accounts with more than 100K followers. A lot of them post information of questionable accuracy because that's how you generate interest in your account. Moreover, they aren't likely to interact unless you're in their inner circle, which makes for a boring experience.
This is more the author's fault than anyone else's. Sure, Twitter is a scammy cesspool, but the author needs to exercise some self-control.
Right, so what the author is looking for is... RSS feeds? Twitter is simply a poor-man marketed RSS feeds aggregation with all kind of flavored noises.
To me it feels like the author is not interested in what the people have to say, but more like a network of shared resources on specific topics. Well then, maybe reddit is a generic answer, and HN or lobste.rs for specialized topics.
> get's annoyed by twitter
> write's a blog post about being annoyed by twitter
Am I the only one?