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(Techsonia)   Twitter testing new feature that allows you to follow people without having to actually see their tweets... which pretty much eliminates the entire purpose of Twitter   (techsonia.com) divider line 16
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472 clicks; posted to Geek » on 04 May 2014 at 1:11 PM (17 weeks ago)   |  Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»



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2014-05-04 10:43:32 AM
What's the purpose of following someone on Twitter if it isn't to read every one of their insipid comments?
 
2014-05-04 11:43:04 AM
The purpose of Twitter is to have a Twitter feed that millions of people follow so you can say you've got millions of fans.
 
2014-05-04 01:16:51 PM
Twitter has a purpose?
 
2014-05-04 01:45:31 PM
Anyone who doesn't like Twitter is doing Twitter wrong.
 
2014-05-04 02:06:47 PM
Following someone on twitter allows you to send direct messages back and forth.  The mute button apparently hides their tweets in your feed.

If muting can be clicked on and off easily, it would be useful for people you only periodically want to check up on and also communicate with, but who also tweet lots of non-relevant information.

A close friend who tweets lots of advice and tips in their profession which is useless to you, for example.  You get the benefits of the following relation without being forced to merge their tweets into your primary feed.
 
2014-05-04 02:10:09 PM
It's actually one of the most requested features and one of the main reasons people use third party clients. Twitter just wants to attract more and more people to their official apps.

And besides the obvious passive-aggressive bullshiat of following someone for emotional/professional/etc reasons, yet muting their tweets because they're dumber than a bag o'tools, mute actually has legit uses.

At least when implemented by Tweebot: You can temporary mute someone for 1 hour, 1 day, 1 week or 1 month (as opposed to forever). Makes sense when they're at a convention you don't care about or are following a sports event you give two shiats about. Also muting hashtags so you don't get spoilers from shows or something. Or muting random words/sentences so you don't get dumb stuff like "obamacare" in your timeline. It's pretty useful.
 
2014-05-04 02:18:49 PM

Esc7: Following someone on twitter allows you to send direct messages back and forth


They have a name for that: it's called "email".
 
2014-05-04 02:36:22 PM
People can buy followers?  Wait .. what.
 
2014-05-04 03:54:47 PM

Esc7: A close friend who tweets lots of advice and tips in their profession which is useless to you, for example.  You get the benefits of the following relation without being forced to merge their tweets into your primary feed.


That's what they made lists for...
 
2014-05-04 04:09:47 PM

rocky_howard: It's actually one of the most requested features and one of the main reasons people use third party clients. Twitter just wants to attract more and more people to their official apps.

And besides the obvious passive-aggressive bullshiat of following someone for emotional/professional/etc reasons, yet muting their tweets because they're dumber than a bag o'tools, mute actually has legit uses.

At least when implemented by Tweebot: You can temporary mute someone for 1 hour, 1 day, 1 week or 1 month (as opposed to forever). Makes sense when they're at a convention you don't care about or are following a sports event you give two shiats about. Also muting hashtags so you don't get spoilers from shows or something. Or muting random words/sentences so you don't get dumb stuff like "obamacare" in your timeline. It's pretty useful.


It's almost as if listening to someone talk all the time gets annoying.
 
2014-05-04 05:08:24 PM
That's actually a good idea. I like Wil Wheaton, but every time there's an LA Kings game he starts spamming stuff that's neither relevant nor understandable for anyone not following the game.
 
2014-05-04 09:34:09 PM
So more like Facebook then, crazy
 
2014-05-04 10:08:35 PM
i18.photobucket.com
 
2014-05-05 03:05:42 AM
So... bookmarks?
 
2014-05-05 06:41:05 AM
Too many tweets make a twat...
 
2014-05-05 09:23:26 AM
I feel like I must be the most boring person ever online sometimes. I have no one blocked, no one muted, never been permabanned, no one has be blocked, etc. I keep hearing how most people seem to constantly be blocking, setting themselves to private, etc and I just wonder why no one gives me any attention. Maybe I'm actually a nice person.
 
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