How to unfollow Twitter friends who are boring (and stay friends)
Chances are that if you’re among the Tweeple legions, you’ve encountered this problem at one time or another. Every time you visit your Twitter account, you notice this someone’s mundane, put-you-to-sleep tweets have taken over your wall – yet again.
“The line is sooooo LONG at Ikea.”
“Just got my pupils dilated and I can’t see.”
(And yes, horrifyingly enough, the above are real scenarios I’ve dealt with.)
Now if you aren’t close friends with the boring tweeter, there’s the easy 1-step solution of “unfollowing” them. Done. Never see those tweets again.
Unfortunately, the trouble arises when said boring tweeter is actually a close friend in the offline world. One that’s a keeper. All in all great personality and very good friend material (funny, charismatic, clever)… but for some reason on Twitter none of this comes through and they’re a brick. (A BORING brick at that.) Or they’re simply clueless on how to use Twitter – the right way.
Even more unfortunate is the fact that you KNOW they would be very angry or upset if they noticed you weren’t following them anymore. Even though they won’t say it. What to do?
For most people, the sad conclusion is to do nothing. We simply can’t find a discreet way to unfollow our boring Twitter friend, so we continue to cry every time we see another update about how amazing Twilight is.
So for those of us who feel badly about unfollowing a friend because they’re boring, I’ve spent countless hours researching the web (nothing) and brainstorming (aha!) various strategies to circumvent the drama/awkwardness with unfollowing friends on Twitter. So until Twitter comes up with a better system… cheers to successfully putting an end to boring tweets:
1. Pretend it was Twitter’s fault. Your friend doesn’t receive a notification when you unfollow them. If you’re lucky, they will never notice. On the off chance they do, well, explain that Twitter must have suffered a glitch or something. Not highly improbable considering all its server issues.
2. For you lucky iPhone users, there’s a muting app. It’s called Twittelator Pro (funny name). With this iPhone app, you get all the communication features of most other Twitter apps, but in addition you can temporarily mute noisy or boring Twitter friends on your phone. (Meaning you can choose to unmute them someday. Maybe.) All this for $5.
3. Be straight with them. Try this if they ask why you’ve stopped following: “I thought you would be more interesting, but your tweets are boring so I stopped following.” If they’re a true friend, they’ll understand the pains of being bombarded with dull tweets, and they will still like you. (Maybe.)
4. You’re streamlining your following list. Explain to them that you wanted a more “quality” experience from Twitter and have decided to keep your following list capped at 12 people or so. The downside is (depending on the size of your list) you’ll have to sever a lot more connections than this one. And they might still be hurt they didn’t make your top 12 on top of that.
5. You can’t take the foul language. WARNING: Make sure they’re using foul language before you provide this as an excuse. Otherwise awk-ward.
Depending how bad it is…
6. Delete and start over. And hope they don’t find your new account.
If all else fails. One word: Tweetlejuice. Try it.Vodpod videos no longer available.
[Note: Twitter is notorious for having a low retention rate for users because of all the “noise” in their network. There’s an overwhelming amount of tweets that no one cares about. This current system of removing people from your follow list is meant to help shield us from spam, but it’s also useful for boring tweets.]