If you are overwhelmed by the Twitter outrage machine or the Facebook Feed, then I have a few tips.
Filter your feed. An unfiltered feed is overwhelming and will dunk and drown you with noise and information. Building a personalized and positive flow of information on Twitter is a little bit of scratch and peck – it can take years to curate the people you follow. Be patient. Explore new users. If there’s someone you admire, do some digging to see if she has a Twitter feed.
Don’t use the number of followers person has as a sign of quality. Popularity doesn’t equate to quality.
I’ve found that some people don’t tweet a lot, but they are prolific retweeters of fantastic content. Following quality content creators and quality content retweeters. They sometimes aren’t the same people.
Unfollow negative people. If reading someone’s tweets consistently makes you feel shitty then drop them.
Learn how to mute keywords from the feed. You won’t miss out on breaking news. The important news will always find you whether via word of mouth or a quick phone call.
Remove the Twitter app from your home screen. Out of sight and out of mind. You’ll check the feed less, and when you do check in, you’ll appreciate the moment.
Follow positive people and people you can learn from. Good community members on Twitter favorite and retweet other people. They contribute to the community and have constructive conversations. One way traffic and zero interactions with no favorites, retweets and replies is a red flag.
Report the trolls. If everyone does their bit, then Twitter gets better overall. Be a good Twitter citizen.
Don’t engage with trolls or bullies. Learn to mute and block.
Goodbye negativity, hello uplifting news feed.