Filtering Your Social Feeds

By: , On Monday, February 21st, 2011

One of the unfortunate facts of social networking is that no two people are going to like or appreciate all of the same types of media or activities, and as more services pop up with the ability to integrate with your favorite social networks this may become a bigger issues for you,   but before you go chopping away at your list of social contacts or stepping on any toes consider filtering your list using third-party tools like TweetDeck and HootSuite.

Here are some commonly used  words and phrases used by third-party applications you may want to filter from your feeds if you feel so inclined:

“twittascope”
“now playing”
“i am watching”/”via @getglue”
“just completed a”/”@runkeeper”/”#runkeeper”
“daily is out!”/”top stories today via”
“i’m at”/”i just ousted”

Filtering instructions for TweetDeck and HootSuite:

Global Filter instructions for TweetDeck
Filtering instructions for HootSuite

If someone with a very offensive character has found their way into your network then I say by all means remove them, but if you simply don’t like some of the activities a person is posting or how frequently they post them then I’d say try filtering your networks output before trying to tell someone else what and how they should post, or completely disregarding why you added them to your network to begin with.  Who knows, that location enthusiast or movie fan could soon prove to be a key contact.

Are you currently using software to filter your network content? If so what software do you use and what type of content are you filtering?

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