Sam Snelling

The John Wick of PHP Software Development

Personal Twitter Tips for Maximum Happiness

This is a followup to Datachomp's Personal Twitter Tips for Maximum Happiness.

Personally, I like following a wide range of twitter accounts. From verified sports bloggers, to cute baby animal picture accounts. I follow quickly, and mute quickly.

My tips apply to Tweetbot.


Tip 1: filter non standard clients

Blocking non standard clients, or spammy clients, is a sure fire way to get rid of a lot of the crap. Paper.li, Quora, IFTTT, dlvr.it, Untapped, Buffer, etc. Tweetbot makes this super simple: go into your mute filters, scroll to the bottom where the clients are, and block anything that doesn't look normal.


Tip 2: filter out things you don't want to see

Go into Tweetbot's mute filter, and add some regular expression queries.

Anything with two or more hashtags

#(.+)#

All paywall links

(?i)(wsj.com|forbes.com|wired.com)

Anything related to javascript

(?i)(javascript|es6|node)

Anything related to the election

(?i)(donald|trump|hillary|clinton|bernie|sanders|president|election)

Anything related to people dying

(?i)(died|rip)

Anything I don't want to see in the current news cycle

(?i)(brock|rape|stanford)
(?i)(muhammad|ali)

This is where Tweetbot's temporary filters come in handy. I typically filter news cycle items for 7-30 days.


Tip 3: keep twitter fun

Keeping twitter fun requires diligence. Mute controversial topics, hashtags, and people having a bad day. Follow more people, but make sure only tweets that follow your rules make it into your timeline.