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Finally, The Fake Follow On Twitter

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I didn’t know muting was possible on Twitter.

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It was, whoa, nearly six years ago that I humbly requested that Twitter give us the ability to follow someone without actually having to listen to them talk.

Why would we need such a feature?

But there are a lot of people who for some reason are greatly offended when you don’t reciprocate a follow…on Twitter… When this happens (and it happens a lot), you have a choice – deal with the fallout (“that guy is such a jerk”) or just friend the person and avoid the pain. Here’s the problem, though. When you follow too many people the service just becomes unusable.

The Fake Follow looks like a normal follow to the other person, but to me it’s like I didn’t follow them at all. This solves the ego stroking issue (and related problems) that so many people have, and it keeps the content stream clean and usable.

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Written by Larry Chiang

August 19, 2014 at 11:33 pm

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