Twitter is such a nice platform to express your thoughts with other people. You get instant feedback from complete strangers. But the only problem is spam or unwanted tweets. It’s almost impossible to read all the updates by your followers and if you follow 100s of tweeps then it’s more likely that you see more irrelevant stuff.
There’s an “Unfollow” button on Twitter and you can unfollow people whose updates you don’t want to see. But that’s not the best option since we may see irrelevant updates from our favorite tweeps too.
Now, here’s what I do: I follow 1000s of tweeple and yet I see only what I really want to see. TweetDeck was the most popular Twitter app in 2009-10 but now it may not be as popular as it once was since they dropped the support for mobile devices. But it’s still one of the most popular Twitter app for desktop and it’s available for Web, Desktop, and as a Google Chrome app.
With TweetDeck, you can filter out the tweets that you don’t want to see by using local or global filters. Global filters are available in TweetDeck’s settings and you can filter out tweets by tweet content, user, or Twitter client.
When you create global filters then tweets matching those criteria will be filtered from all Twitter columns (including your own timeline and interactions). For example, muting “http” will filter out all tweets with a link or picture. So it may not be the best option unless you really have to.
Luckily each column in TweetDeck has its own local filters. So you can filter out tweets by using symbols or keywords. Unlike global filters, you can’t create a number of local filters but you can create a filter with several combinations.
For example, you can read only tweets with links, images, or videos. Or you can filter out everything else and read only Tweets with links and some specific hashtag by creating a filter like:
I use Twitter lists to closely follow people (so that I won’t miss any of their tweets) and when I want to read some random original tweets I apply the following filter on the primary timeline.
It will filter out all retweets, tweets with links, images, and quotes. So that you’ll see only real tweets by real people.