When I stopped using Twitter earlier this year, I found in Micro.blog the opportunity to step outside the bubble and engage with new people. It was exactly what I needed at the time.
Fast-forward 4 months: The community has grown significantly—and with that there was a lot more interesting folks to follow. That’s great, right? Well, it’s not that simple.
More people, more posts, more conversations, not enough time. I noticed an old and bad habit coming back: passive scrolling.
Passive scrolling is usually a symptom you need to step back and follow less people. But then I realized an interesting fact:
~60% of my timeline was filled with @replies to people I wasn’t following.
On Micro.blog, every reply from someone you follow to anyone else—including those you don’t—is displayed in your timeline. Back when I started using the service, that “feature” helped me discover plenty of new people. But now that I’m comfortable with my new “bubble”, that’s becoming… an inconvenience.
So here’s the thing. I don’t want to unfollow these new and lovely people I got to know. I like their content, but not always have the time to be on top of every single discussion taking place.
All in all, I wish there was at least an option to filter those out.
What am I doing to remedy the situation for now?
Basically, I “created” my own Micro.blog timeline in Feedbin.
- I’ve subscribed to everyone’s blog via RSS and put them under a
- And then, subscribed to the Discover category so I can still see featured posts.
That’s a bit sad because I’m fully aware I’ll be missing on some of the conversation between people I follow. But it’s that or not paying full attention to their actual posts.