How to Streamline Your Twitter Experience

Does it seem to you, like it seems to me, that every time you hop on Twitter or some other social media platform that they’ve added yet another layer of interaction you just don’t need? Or there’s yet another hashtag that literally – and I mean literally – everyone is doing?

I’m a simple girl. I like things that aren’t overly complicated. That’s probably why I’m a chronic under-writer and I continually have to think up new scenes to stretch a chapter in my WIPs. I’m the same way when it comes to social media.

Guess what? You don’t have to participate in what’s popular, trending, or what you find just plain annoying. Could that be the unpopular opinion? Most likely. But social media wants to keep you on it as long as it possibly can. Keep you engaged and hyped and all of the above.

That doesn’t necessarily mean that all that interaction is good for the mind, body or soul. In fact, I’ve found myself highly annoyed with all platforms as of late. Thank God I deactivated my Facebook over two years ago. And I really hate that Twitter doesn’t let users “hide” all the topics we want on its so-called news feed column.

Since when does the world think that everybody cares about all things sports? I’m the least sporty lady out there! Sheesh. Anyway…moving on.

I decided to take a break from my usual programming on here to bring you three ideas to help streamline your Twitter experience as a whole. I’m sure there’s a myriad of posts like this, but this is the 2022 version. Many examples search engines like to bring up are from 2019 or some random year.

If you’ve heard of these three things before, perhaps it’s time to try them out. You can always go back and change things up.

Ah the mute button. My favorite thing on the face of this Earth. Not only do I often block the companies I see ads from all the time (so I don’t have to keep seeing the same ads I don’t care about over and over and over again), but I’ve begun using it to mute certain trends. Let me show you an example.

Pin 4 Pins. Oh my goodness do these tweets drive me insane. I tried doing them myself once and found it took way too much effort. Not only that, but the Twitter algorithm’s never favored me. So while one post can have hundreds of responses, mine are oft negligible. While I’m willing to try something once or twice, returns aren’t always favorable. So into the mute section it goes. Here’s how to do it:

Select “More” and then “Settings and Privacy.” Then click “Privacy and Safety.”

Next, select “Mute and Block,” followed by “Muted Words.”

Your “Muted Words” list will pop up. Click the “+” in the top right corner to add more. Follow the super simple prompts and go to town.

Disclaimer: You can easily tell which trends I find super annoying!

Turn Off Retweets

I don’t know how (for lack of a better word) “kosher” this next thing I do is for Twitter engagement, but I find everyone retweeting everything highly overwhelming. When I follow someone, I want to know what they themselves are thinking, saying, writing or enjoying. I don’t want to follow accounts where all they do is retweet other folks’ stuff.

Not to say that showing support isn’t important. It absolutely is. I’m just very picky with who I choose to support. If I retweet something someone posts, it’s because I found something either very funny or very worthwhile. Willy-nilly retweeting kind of defeats the purpose of the practice, in my humble opinion.

So if you’re like me and want to keep things simple, here’s how to turn off retweets:

Click in to a user’s profile (I’m just using Littsburgh’s profile as an example) and select the three dot’s button.

A drop down menu will appear. “Turn off Retweets” is the very first option.

Use a Service Like TweetDeck

Now I’ve already touched upon TweetDeck in the past, so I won’t go in to too much detail with this post. Although I haven’t used it myself in quite a while (been trying to streamline my use of social media as a whole so I can concentrate on my novel), I really like its versatility compared to Twitter’s main forum.

Read: A Review of “You Should Be Using Tweetdeck” by Wired.com

But who am I to tell you what you should or shouldn’t be using? Heck, I go back and forth on this social media stuff as a whole on a daily basis. There are pros and cons to using any and all of it. I suppose this final question question remains: How disciplined are you? Do you love all things Internet and can handle the information intake? Or are you like me? Who can only handle so much from day to day?

However you conduct yourself in the Twitterverse, I hope you will find these tools useful from time to time. I’m all about simplification. Besides – Tweeting (and, arguably, blogging) cuts into my research time. Does it cut in to yours?