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Why I Unfollowed You on Instagram — Medium
"We often hear mainstream users talk about how “overwhelming” “social media” is. I posit this is because the products have been built to drive more following and offer no tools to cull a better, smaller (higher signal, lower noise) set of users to follow. The coveting of follower counts driven these products to encourage FOLLOW FOLLOW FOLLOW when UNFOLLOW would often make the service more valuable for the user, hence driving “overwhelming” instead of “relevant and useful”.

I unfollowed a few hundred people on Instagram this morning and Instagram blocked me. Not only do they not provide any tools to help you cull a better follower list they actually lock the feature if you unfollow too many in a short period. There is a fundamental misunderstanding of how people could get more value from their platform."
socialmedia  instagram  ianrogers  2015  following  unfollowing  relevance  noise 
october 2015 by robertogreco
— this is probably stupid, but: given Twitter’s new...
"this is probably stupid, but: given Twitter’s new mute functionality, which follows Facebook’s addition of the same, it seems clear that

• individual user control over feed content is now more important to networks than maintaining the integrity of metaphors like “friends” and “following”; you can now follow someone without seeing anything they post, and be friends with someone whose life is never in your feed

• "following" in particular seems to have no meaning at all, indicating only that "one time I pressed ‘Follow’ but may or may not see your tweets," while being "friends" can actually include "I hate you so much that if I see your face ever again I will hate Facebook and engage with it less"

• our feelings are sensitive enough that services want to prevent, at any cost, the “bad experience” of being unfollowed or defriended, and now provide the consequences of doing those things but by a harmless proxy.

my question for the smarties out there is this: why not just make whom you follow invisible to everyone but you? if it no longer means anything, why not make it invisible? then you don’t need these additional abstraction layers to hide your effective unfollowing/defriending; it just never comes up at all.

on Quora, it’s not obvious how to tell whether someone is following you; you can’t easily tell when someone unfollows you, and they can’t tell if you do easily either. as a result, the whole “symmetrical follow” thing is way less common / important on Quora; often, someone follows you and you don’t even get a notification! this radically deemphasizes the symmetry of standard “friendly interactions” and makes etiquette less palpably a part of what happens; you tend to be more honest; you follow people whose questions and answers you like, and you don’t resent or consider heavily whether they follow you.

if every network is going to start having two layers of following/friending —the publicly declared layer and then the muting/hiding from feed layer, where the reality of it remains private— why not just abandon the phony layer entirely?

you could still see how many followers you have, how many someone else has, but seeing individual relationships could be much harder or impossible. why isn’t that done? what am I missing? does it help engagement to have the phony layer where people can be social / work out their social needs, even though it’s meaningless?"
twitter  facebook  socialmedia  muting  millsbaker  following  2014 
may 2014 by robertogreco
Coldbrain. (Focusing Attention)
"I made a decision, a straightforward one in retrospect, to stop reading some of the increasingly superficial blogs out there. You probably know the type: ‘10 ways to use X’, ‘What Avatar can teach you about Y’, etc. Whilst I admire GTD (and any system or viewpoint that provides people with a way to accomplish more in their lives), its legacy needs to be more than a load of terribly repetitive and ultimately unnecessary ‘productivity’ blogs. Instead I’ve actively sought out people that I think have something interesting to say on the broader topics of getting things done and on topics that interest me. It’s been a revelation.

I don’t need flat furniture nor do I need a desk. I have enough pens and journals. My closet of full of shirts & while I still wonder what a hibblygizmo is, I’m certain I don’t need one. What I need is shop full of people with opinions — because it’s not what I know that I’m worried about, it’s what I don’t know that’s really interesting.

The shop I want is full of people who are dedicated to their opinion. Who are happier understanding a thing rather than wanting it. These people will happily tell the story of happened upon this opinion and I want to hear it because the opinion of someone I trust is just as valuable as my own."
infooverload  information  following  unfollowing  twitter  tumblr  googlereader  attention  focus  stockandflow  scale 
may 2010 by robertogreco
Building Web 2.0 Reputation Systems: The Blog: Leaderboards Considered Harmful
"This may be the most insidious artifact of a leaderboard community: the very presence of a leaderboard changes the community dynamic and calls into question the motivations of everyone for any action they might take. If that sounds a bit extreme, consider Twitter: friend counts and followers have become the coins of that realm, and when you get a notification of a new follower...? Aren't you just a little more likely to believe that it's just someone fishing around for a reciprocal 'follow'? Sad, but true. And this is a site that itself has never officially featured a leaderboard. Twitter merely made the statistics known and provided an API to get at them: in doing so, they may have let the genie out of the bottle."
twitter  reputation  socialnetworking  followers  following  authority  popularity 
december 2008 by robertogreco

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