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How To: Filter The Noise On Twitter

swine-tweetOkay, I get it…the Swine Flu is big news right now and it’s dangerous and I need to wash my hands and not lick toilet bowls in Tijuana and all that.  I think I’m taking plenty of precautions.  However, my Twitter stream is lighting up all day long with stuff about the Swine Flue and I don’t want to hear about it anymore, so what to do?  This very simple trick will show you how to filter out all mentions of Swine Flu, or anything else for that matter. And yes, I do think that it is ironic that I wrote this post on the same day that I have mentioned the Swine Flu at least three times. And yes, Chumdinger is a friend of mine, and I loved his link in this screenshot :). Keep in mind that this tutorial is specifically filtering out one key word, but you can use it for anything, to remove or to search.

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Are you STILL Not On Twitter?

I suppose at this point if you aren’t using Twitter then you are either a)very unlikely to no matter what I say, or b)living under a rock and haven’t heard about Twitter.

If you fall into category c, which is “I am on Twitter and I love it” add me and I’ll add you back!* Join the community, folks!

*I will add you back if you meet just a tiny bit of criteria.

  1. You aren’t a spammer. I will look at your ratio of followers/following right and know right away
  2. You have at least a full page of tweets so I can see if you do this regularly
  3. Yes, you need to tweet regularly.  People that tweet once a week are like newspapers that publish once a week.  I’m sure there is a market for both of them, but not in the economy of short attention, heavy input
  4. You aren’t on Twitter just to sell something.  I don’t mind if you do sell something on Twitter, but it had better be with a 10:1 ratio of other tweets
  5. You need to have made at least one witty comment in all of your tweets.  C’mon, dig deep! ;)

UPDATE: Just a couple of hours after writing this post we had an earthquake in Southern California.  The FIRST “news” source that I went to for info was Twitter, and within just a minute or so knew that all of my friends here were okay and all of the details of the quake. Awesome!  You can go to the old Summize site and see all of the chatter.