Hiding Tweets Will Soon Be A Reality

Twitter LogoI hearken back to the good old days when people were tweeting about interesting and relevant things. I miss the days when I could catch up with everyone I was following while I enjoyed my morning coffee, during the last 5 minutes of my lunch break and when my wife checked on the kids to make sure they were sleeping instead of playing their PSP. Today, my feed is so full of inane garbage from people who seem to tweet every random thought that comes into their head I often miss the tweets I really want to see.

I have created lists. Separating the hyper-active tweeters from those with self control seemed to work. But soon I found I needed more lists to keep my feeds clean and focused on the information I wanted to be exposed to. Managing my lists became just another daily chore to be completed like walking the dog at night.

I stopped following people who cluttered up my feed with nonsense. This seemed a much better way to go for a brief time. Shortly after I stopped following my niece, I found myself in a huge argument with my sister about how disrespectful this was. I tried to explain that I didn’t need to read an update of where she was at and what she was thinking, doing and seeing while she tried to drive home from school on the surface streets of Los Angeles on a Tuesday afternoon.

Fortunately, Twitter has finally felt my pain and is doing something about it. The ability to hide compulsive tweeters is will soon be available. Apparently the feature already in use for a small group of people. Like many of the previous changes to Twitter the hide feature will need to go through an extensive testing and evaluating process by a carefully contained sample of users. Unfortunately, I am not one of them.

This is one of those changes that is long overdue. Facebook implemented the hide feature so long ago I can’t remember a time in Facebook when it didn’t exist. Some changes definitely need to be studied and evaluated before mass implementation. A complete user interface overhaul comes immediately to mind. The hide feature isn’t one of them. Come on Twitter, give me my hide button already.

Dan Petrovic, the managing director of DEJAN, is Australia’s best-known name in the field of search engine optimisation. Dan is a web author, innovator and a highly regarded search industry event speaker.

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