Just so I’m sure we all agree, is basically just a spamming service at this point, right?  Does anyone use this site for anything actually useful?  I’m not actually going to link to them; feel free to look them up yourself if you like, but the site has attracted my attention twice now, and I haven’t liked it either time.  The first time was when they published a photo of my kid that I’d put on my blog and shared it under the “Adult” category for no clear reason.  I locked the picture down, putting it behind a password, and removed links to it from Twitter.

This morning when I got up I had a notification that someone had retweeted a tweet that mentioned me– although oddly I hadn’t gotten a notification of the original tweet.  That message led me to discover this:

Screen Shot 2014-11-23 at 2.16.18 PMI hope it’s obvious to anyone who reads me that I did not write that nonsense, nor have I heard of the book I’m supposedly “sharing.”  The site has a “prevent mentions” function, although to use it you have to tweet at them, so I’m a little skeptical that asking to keep my name off of their site is going to do anything.  But this is annoying as hell.  I tweeted at the person who RTed the original tweet and haven’t heard anything back yet from them.

The other thing I’ve done is that I’ve started using the JustUnfollow app.  I don’t like that it occasionally tweets for me but I delete them when it happens (hint, guys, I’m happy to just send you money if I like your service) and I think the functionality is worth the minor occasional annoyance.  I had a conversation with a few folks yesterday about whether an auto-reply to people who follow you is worth the time it takes to set it up and ended up deciding it wasn’t, but the base Twitter app doesn’t seem to be telling me about all of my new follows anymore and I’d like to keep up a more or less 100% follow-back ratio for a while.

(For those wondering: this means that at the moment I’m following close to 1900 people.  It means that the main Twitter feed is a firehose that no one could pay attention to.  Basically the rule is that if someone interacts with me or if I notice them consistently they get added to a much smaller list that I pay attention to consistently.  TweetDeck is wonderful for this purpose, even if there’s not a mobile app for it.)

The other good thing about using JustUnfollow is it makes it a lot easier to aggressively grow my follower list again, which I’ve been looking to do lately.  I can pick people who have already followed and/or interacted with people I already know and scoop up a whole bunch of ’em at once.  It’s not the most targeted way of acquiring followers, I know, but at least I’m grabbing people who I can reasonably suspect might be interested in what I’m doing over there.  So if you’re seeing this because I followed you recently, I did that because you’re already following someone who I think I have stuff in common with.  Hi!

Ultimately, I want to get to a point where if I send out a Tweet it’s got a good chance of being seen by a few hundred people, and then I’ll stop worrying about growing my follower list as much.  Right now my average over my last 20 Tweets is 111.5 impressions, so I’ve got a way to go yet.  I figure I’ll get there right about exactly when the service either shuts down or finds a way to make itself radically less useful (coughfacebookcough) so we’ve got that to look forward to.

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Luther M. Siler

Teacher, writer of words, and local curmudgeon. Enthusiastically profane. Occasionally hostile.


  1. I hate that mess. Some bloggers “swear” by it but it is spammy BS. Keep my name out of it, please and thank you.

    My Twitter lists are getting out of hand again. I need to really crack down on who I want to follow vs. those I follow regarding political stuff. It was OK for a while, now back to a mess.


  2. I used to feel bad because I don’t want to read anyone’s online newspaper, but I got over that. I don’t have problem with the paper itself, but the bloggers who hound me to read their papers (some education bloggers are REALLY bad about this). I do like that poopery at all. There are people who I respect who put a lot of time and effort in compiling them so I try not to be too judgy. It’s just not my thing.

    I feel the same way about Scoop It. There, I said it.

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  3. I’ve been thinking about setting up a paper for awhile. I know a couple of people who have them, and I haven’t had any problems with people abusing my content that I am aware of. I am on the fence about it though, and if a lot of people find it spammy, I am not touching it. I can’t afford to get a reputation as a spammer.

    I use the Manageflitter app to manage my unfollowing, but I do the followbacks straight from the Twitter interface. I’ve not had any problems with it not showing me who follows (that I am aware of). I use Justunfollow sometimes, but usually only when I need to see my following categorized in a way that Manageflitter doesn’t allow, or when I need to unfollow a big bunch of people (I use the free versions, so can only unfollow 100 accounts in a 24 hour period with each).

    Haven’t looked at my Twitter analytics lately. I’ll do that at some point and compare impressions with you.

    I agree about the main feed being a firehose. I rarely look at it. Lists are indespensible especially private ones, and I haven’t got mine the way I want them yet, but Twitter would be useless without them.

    I’m hoping to get stable above 5K, then take a break from the growth for about a month, see what just tweeting is worth for new followers, and then start the growth back up again and try to build mine up to 10K. I’m thinking that’s about as big an account as I want to manage. On an average day I’m already muting more accounts that follow me first than I am following back, mostly spammers and people I know I just don’t want to tweet with for various reasons, and I am only at 4800.

    Sorry about stealing your thunder, dude, but funny we both wrote Twitter posts the same day.


  4. I have been notified a few times that my tweets have been used in a “daily newspaper ” and when I’ve gone to look at it,I never find what they’re talking about. Possibly its because I had been retweeting whatever they used for it? I found it annoying and confusing.


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