[UPDATE: I’ve had to uninstall Proxlet from my Tweetdeck account. It was preventing me from getting DMs on my computer. It’s still working very well on Twitter.com, so I guess when I want to catch up on Twitter without all of the Triberr noise I’ll have to do it there. Bummer.]
So yesterday I wrote about how I unfollowed over 1,300 people on twitter – mostly accounts that were no longer active, or people I just didn’t recognize and couldn’t figure out why I was following. But I had actually started streamlining a few days earlier with a completely free service called Proxlet.
Proxlet is an app for the Chrome browser that easily filters out certain tweets, or mutes tweets for a certain period of time.
I first tried it out a while ago because it looked interesting, but I discovered that I didn’t need it – there wasn’t really anything happening on twitter that was bugging me much.
Now though? Ugh. I need it.
You can use it directly on Twitter.com, which is very handy – a Proxlet option appears for each tweet, giving you a range of actions to take.
Although why you would want to mute me talking about carrying cardboard cutouts of Harrison Ford around NYC, I have NO idea.
Some Proxlet applications can be configured very easily right from the Proxlet homepage. Another, even more configurable option is to DM commands directly to Proxlet.
There are certain evenings where my entire stream is taken over by twitter parties, where dozens, hundreds, or even thousands of people chat about a certain topic using a particular hashtag. And while I have nothing against twitter parties – I actually like them (the smaller ones, anyway) – they can be very annoying when the topics just aren’t for you and it seems like you’re the only one not participating.
With Proxlet, I can now mute those twitter parties that I have zero interest in. If everybody I know is talking about #ACMEDiapers and I couldn’t care less, I could mute every tweet with that hashtag for, say, two hours. Problem solved. Don’t want to hear about #RHONY for an hour (or a lifetime)? No problem. Don’t want to know who got kicked off of #ProjectRunway? Mute that hashtag until you’ve watched the episode.
A more recent problem – the one that actually prompted me to start using Proxlet again – is Triberr. It’s been aggravating me so much that I wrote a whole post about why bloggers shouldn’t use Triberr. Thanks to Proxlet, it’s no longer a problem (at least not on my computers, anyway – more about phones later). I’ve blocked everything that’s automatically tweeted out by the Triberr service.
I also block tweets from FourSquare. I use the FourSquare service myself, and if I want to know where people are I’ll just use the app (I only want to know where people are if I’m there too).
And those ubiquitous paper.li tweets? Gone. Filtered out.
Thanks to Proxlet my twitter stream has been streamlined to include more of what I think is interesting, authentic content, and fewer autotweets (I hate autotweets so much I don’t even autotweet my own posts!). [Update: Just realized that’s not totally true: I autotweet anything I post from my phone. I wanted that process to be Twitpic-like (but without giving them the traffic).]
So how can you do it? Originally I was going to write a big guide on exactly how to use Proxlet, but then I stumbled on this post all about Proxlet, which has already done it so well. So go read that and all should be clear.
Since my Tweetdeck has been Proxletized (ha! I guess I’m Proxletizing to you right now!), catching up on twitter on my phone has gotten a lot more annoying, since Proxlet doesn’t work there. The difference in my twitter stream with and without Proxlet is huge. Proxlet does work on a lot of smartphone clients though, so you might get lucky.
I don’t like the direction twitter is going in. I feel like more and more people are trying to “cash in” on it in the quickest, easiest, most automated way possible. I’m very grateful that I can reverse that trend with Proxlet, even if only I can see it.
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