Friday, April 18, 2008

shut up already

I like twitter, really i do. But it's not a good signal to noise ratio. I'm trying to be very selective on who I follow. I'm extra careful with my notifications. but it's increasingly difficult to separate the wheat from the chaff.

I understand the value in getting closer in touch with people through these life streams. Part of why i follow people is to find insight and perspective. The aimless blabber with some twitter streams is tough to justify.

Why must it be justified? - Because twitter is eating into my day more and more. following Guy Kawasaki & Jeremiah Owyang along could be a part-time job.

I follow a selected few, and don't read everything, how on earth do people with hundreds or thousands manage? Are they ignored for the most part except for the occasional trip to twitterland? With the lack of good search tools (hash tags are a good step) what's the point in all those followers are people really keeping up or are they just basing it on chance?

Tech Crunch: Web 3.0 Will Be About Reducing the Noise—And Twhirl Isn’t Helping
Seth Godin: Signal to Noise

How do you cope?

1 comment:

Dave said...

Yeah i was talking to a friend about this yesterday. For me it's Dave Winer, Robert Scoble, Guy Kawasaki, Michael Arrington...

I'd stop following them but every once in awhile they say something interesting!

On the flip side, i find it pretty easy to ignore the noise i just scan for things i find interesting. I've learned who the noisy people are and place less relevance on their posts by default (kind of like the boy who cried wolf).

Twitter is becoming like a 2nd RSS reader for me - a place where i go to get current information about what's going on with things i care about. Definitely will be interesting to see if this thing ever goes mainstream...