In Breaking the Ubiquity of Stream Mode I wrote that, inspired by “Is Twitter Where Connections Go to Die? – The Unfollowing Experiment”, I would start taking overt control of my Twitter use.
I shall use this post to both plan and report progress
Updated 12 Feb 2016
First part is to decide on the lists I want. I can’t disagree with the initial triumvirate described by Luis – “Collaborators, Cooperators and People I Learn From”
I also think I need a couple more public lists that reflect my other uses of Twitter – probably one for local / London accounts.
I also think I need some private lists – certainly for friends/family.
And during the migration process I will probably put up a temporary public list for “People I used to follow” – this will be a good place to link to this post to explain what is happening.
Updated 15 Feb 2016
Moving people to lists and unfollowing through a normal Twitter client is SLOW – I estimated about 6 weeks work.
There doesn’t seem to be a tool that will do it all in one go, so I have split the task:
for updating list membership TwitListManager seems to do the trick, with a simple tabular display:
Update 16 Feb 2016
From a couple of comments it’s clear that some people didn’t get beyond the title of the list “People I used to follow”, so I’ve renamed it to the (perhaps) clearer “Moving from follow to lists”.
Interesting as well to see the people for whom Twitter is only about the follower count. I’ve even been accused of being “passive aggressive” by a follower of one of the people I unfollowed 🙂 I suppose I shouoldn’t be surprised that a change which is designed to emphasise Twitter as conversation will seem odd to those who think of it as a broadcast channel.
To be continued…..