Leave, follow, or get out of the way
by Adam Kuban
And I’ll quote from a great essay on Twitter that I just read today [my emphasis]:
“But Rands, I need to follow this person, but they won’t shut up.”
There’s a legitimate complaint here. I’m certain there’s a sensible feature request based on this complaint, like “Please don’t show me tweets contain RT or @” or maybe a feature to put someone you follow on Twitter time-out during that weekend drinking binge where they won’t shut up about their ex-girlfriend. Yes, these features could be added to the base platform, but why complicate a feature you already have? You unfollow. It’s brutally simple and it solves the problem.
I don’t hold it against anyone who might “leave” me on Twitter. I know I can have an abrasive online personality at times—and Twitter is probably where you see me at my most online-crotchety. But to paraphrase what Rands says in his post, Twitter is what you make of it. If having my mini rants in your stream no longer works for you, fine. No hard feelings.