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The Polite Way to Take a Break, Ignore, Unfollow on Twitter

The Polite Way to Take a Break, Ignore, Unfollow on Twitter

From those who tweet too much to those who tweet too much information, Twitter friends can become trouble. Here are some useful tips on how to manage problem Tweeters without offending them.

TMI Tweets and When to Unfollow Someone Altogether


There's no ideal way to deal with this problem. You may allow leniency for certain people you follow, especially if you know them well and they tweet certain things they would have told you in person anyway.

I unfollow someone on Twitter if their Tweets fall into the following categories:

1.They continually tweet political views that run counter to my own. Eventually, it will be too difficult to ignore them. While it's nice to say it's "great to engage in the conversation" and all those other social media buzz terms, tweeting politics (if it's not your profession) almost never has a pleasant outcome. The level for misunderstanding is high (due to 140 character limit). And like arguing at the dinner table, nothing you tweet in response will change their mind anyway.

2. (Unpleasant) Family or Personal Matters. And that doesn't include a sick kid or other incidents where tapping into the Twitter environment can be advantageous to gather collective intelligence on an issue (Ibuprofen or Tylenol?). But you would be wise to avoid the more specific issues, such as the fact your kid just got kicked out of school or your husband just packed up his suitcase. We all have problems of our own that should be dealt with offline.

3. Spammers. I classify a Twitter spammer as someone who claims to be an individual and then proceeds to just push company product (without saying on his Twitter profile that he intends to use the Twitter account for that reason).

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