I’ve cracked it, yes finally I’m using Twitter a lot less and all it took was using the official Twitter app. I’ve been a user of Tweetbot for years but with the lack of seeing likes and mentions consistently I decided to switch over to the official app.
Here are some of the ways it’s changed my usage of the service.
So many ads, I block and report for illegal services but they keep coming back. This is the main reason that I’m using it less, I’ve given up fighting the algorithm. I now open the app check a few tweets, see an ad I don’t like and close it again.
Quickly posting and getting out
If I’ve got something I’d like to share I’ll pop in and share and come out. I’m not posting and staying there for long. I’m now using Twitter less 5 times a day, which for me is a massive improvement.
Seeing the Top Tweets first
I used to hate this but now I’ve let it decide the tweets it wants me to see. I’m finding using method let’s me pop in and see what’s happening quickly.
I’m back reading blogs on RSS. Twitter was more of a way to see the latest on topics I’m interested in so replacing it with RSS has been pretty straightforward. (I’m using Reader 4 by the way).
I’m sure that Twitter wouldn’t like that their app is slowing down my use of their service but it’s really highlighted for me what their platform is. Tweetbot hid the bad for me and now I’m seeing it for what it is I’m disliking it more and more.