Back in 2010, I complained that the “new” filter that Twitter had implemented would limit the conversations that we’d see. (The “@ reply” filter prevents you from viewing conversations between two people unless you follow both of those accounts.) My original post suggested that we would be exposed to fewer conversations and thus prevented from discovering new and interesting people. While I still believe that’s true, I think it matters more when you’re first building your Twitter connections. Just in case you aren’t aware of the workaround for the filter, you can take a quick peek at that older post.
This morning, however, I was thinking how we might be able to put that filter to work for us in another way. Although this is pretty obvious, I haven’t seen it discussed, so I’ll outline the general idea here.
Although the @ reply filter could be used for any conversation, the “chat” is a perfect use case.
- Create a new Twitter account that will be used specifically for a “chat.” For example, “@CoffeeTalk.”
- Now, tell everyone who wants to participate in Coffee Talk to “friend” the CoffeeTalk account.
- If everyone in the group replies to “@CoffeeTalk” in every tweet, those replies would only be published to the streams of people who follow @CoffeeTalk.
This is similar to a chat that uses a hashtag, but you don’t need any special tools to filter the tweets. You’d be doing your other followers a favor by not cluttering their streams and the famous @ filter would finally be put to good use.
What do you think? Have you seen this suggestion before? Could this work for you?
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