Robert Scoble
I am going to unfollow everyone tonight (on and then will follow only those that @notsecretscoble is. Talk me out of it:
That will bring me down to 1,000 or so friends and make Twitter useful to me again. - Robert Scoble from iPhone
No need to talk you out of it - if that's what you think is the right thing for you then go for it. It didn't hurt you last time you cleared things out. - WoH: Professor MOTHRA
I love it...its like twitter/friendfeed bankruptcy. - sean andersen
Hows the weather? - Brent - Yes I am
By the way is there any way to delete all my DMs too? - Robert Scoble from iPhone
There is no wrong. What's easier? What works for you? - That's So CAJ!
why talk you out of it? - Richard Binhammer
Are you going to stop using @notsecretscoble, then? - Kathy Fitch
up to you, dude. :) - Josh Haley from iPhone
How are you planning on unfollowing all those people in a reasonable time frame? - Alex Knight
Kathy: that won't be needed much but I will keep that as my R&D account. - Robert Scoble from iPhone
Alex: I will use SocialToo. - Robert Scoble from iPhone
Richard: I just wanted to see if anyone could come up with a good reason not to do that. - Robert Scoble from iPhone
What are you going to use to watch the patterns in the noise with? An Anon Account? - BairdWilliamson
This is gonna create a new era on Twitter, “if Scoble thinks quantity does not matter let's unfollow everyone too” ;) - Jacque from fftogo
Brian: yes but I got distracted by the DM feature which only works if I am following you. - Robert Scoble from iPhone
Baird: I will still be following 25,000 here. There is plenty of noise in my life. - Robert Scoble from iPhone
Brian: here on FF we have groups. I already have a few small groups. - Robert Scoble from iPhone
noop. twitter is just a (narrow) pipe. friendfeed where (my) content aggregates. - jacek
Robert: Do it! - Jim Connolly
Do it Robert. I think it will do a lot of good - Roberto Bonini from iPhone
I say do it, and I say that as someone you will no longer be following. Thousands upon thousands of people only provide background noise. By the time something bubbles up enough to be noticeable in the feed of that many people, its on techmeme anyway. - DGentry
You can unfollow me on Twitter. I don't even feed to it from Friendfeed anymore. :) - That's So CAJ!
DGentry I follow you here anyway. - Robert Scoble from iPhone
Feels sort of sad to be getting unfollowed by one of my favorite peeps! :-( But yeah, totally understand - Jannifer @wordsforliving
Robert: Are you actually going to do it tonight - or is this just a topic for debate? - Jim Connolly
Do it. Following merely to allow a DM that may very well never come is not worth it. - Meryn Stol
A man's got to do what a man's got to do. DM Whacker (discovered it today myself), deletes all received and sent DM's.. - Citronella still FFing
I have dropped about 200 people today. I like your idea and I agree it might be lead to a movement of quality over quantity. I also think it might wake up the Twitter execs to see that groups and better list management are need. - Ben Hanten
I am curious, though: I remember about a month ago you said that you follow a ton of people and it was invaluable because you could see trends, etc. What has changed? - Ben Hanten
How does one mass unfollow? - I was trying to find ways to do that and can't find a way to do that easily. - Jannifer @wordsforliving
Use SocialToo - Robert Scoble from iPhone
robert i have some scripts to delete all DMs, but they appear to be broken now. the new way twitter handles pagination (the more button) makes it difficult - sean percival
Jennifer: There are a few well known tools you can use to mass-unfollow. One that Jesse Stay @socialtoo developed is supposed to be very good. - Jim Connolly
where is jesse? i see a future for socialtoo here. create an akismet like system as part of the auto follow. as i get new followers, give them a spam score and only follow back those who pass - sean percival
Liza: I don't know what Blackberry users can do for FriendFeed. - Robert Scoble from iPhone
your autofollow didn't work on me for some reason, so it doesn't matter to me. in fact, yea unfollow everyone =] - Özgür D. Cyric
I won't talk you out of it. Who cares? :) - Jason Nunnelley
I think you should do it, actually. - Eric Florenzano from iPhone
I don't even know what twitter is for anymore. I check it sometimes but enjoy reading and sometimes joining the conversation on here much more. - Aidan Mann
Hey, I don't need Scoble to follow me on Twitter. I've got Kim Kardashian following me on FriendFeed! ;) - John Craft
I've observed 2 good people go through mass unfollow on Twitter, and they were both happy they did it. Do what works for you, Robert. It's your time. :) - Veronica Sopher
My only argument is as a news junkie, you'll feel like you're missing something. In reality, you'll eliminate a lot of noise though and miss only "some" things. - manielse (Mark Nielsen)
I'm changing my Twitter avatar to a screenshot of my DM box in protest of auto-dms. Hoping others will too. - Jesse Stay
Sean, SocialToo does offer that - it needs to be improved, and will be. I'm just trying to get time to do it (on a very limited budget). - Jesse Stay
I say go for it. Change is good. Having two accounts would make one schizo. The times they are a changin' Like @loic said it will fill like taking a shower - Stephen Pickering
Dont just look at the comments here :-) RT the Tweets and - Johni Fisher
Dont do it I only have like 20 followers then. 21 was a good number. - James Hunter
Either you know how to use the API, or it's going to take you a very long time... - David Semeria
Great idea! But it sounds like a lot of work. Besides, they're your accounts and it's your name/brand that you're experimenting with. Do whatever you want with it. How are you going to get people to watch a live feed you're doing. Are you shooting for a smaller audience too? - Michael Fidler
Why not? It's your Twitter account Robert and you don't have to follow everyone who follows you. My Twitter experience improved dramatically when I unfollowed a lot or people and only followed those I like interacting with (mostly from FF or friends IRL) or have a common interest business-wise. Following under 2K made the interaction easier and more interesting. - Sally Church
Talk you out of it? I'd encourage it - Keith - @tsudo
My only suggestion is to encourage you that after you dump everyone considering following a few of us that haven't had a chance to meet you in person. (yet) - Keith - @tsudo
i've been meaning to do the same...good suggestion scoble - Kevin Pruett
great way to start afresh, weed out all the spam from the post oprah-aston effect, now you will only have engaged followers, hopefully most that are also friendfeed loyalists - Tate
No need to talk you out of it. It's a smart move. - Andru Edwards from iPhone
Robert since friendfeed is a place 2 follow 1 another, there might not be a need 2 follow on Twitter unless u meet the person via face 2 face. In which I would love 2 @ some pt when we do cross path some pt. - polou/indigo_bow
I wonder if you could organize a time when a bunch of us do this together to make a stand against the lack of user-friendly tools on Twitter. The fact that there are no groups or lists is ridiculous. This could make a big difference. What if there were a million unfollows? Would that get their attention? - Ben Hanten
Eh.. No interest in that? Ok. - Ben Hanten
Good decision! Now twitter will be useful to you :) - Angus Burton
just unfollowed you myself - have fun! - Mac Sharp
Mac: you lie. You're still following me here on FriendFeed. - Robert Scoble
IMHO forget Twitter, for me, following Robert on FF is where the value is. - Mo Kargas
I agree with Mo completely. - Akiva
Personally, I look at search results and @ replies mostly, once in a while I'll scroll through my follow stream. Of course, thanks to @RackerHacker, I have several searches running via a ruby Twitter search bot that alerts me to interesting items via Jabber and email. Following is no longer a priority for me. - Robert J Taylor from iPhone
Whatever gets you through the night, Robert! :-) - Lon Cohen
Why do you need to unfollow to ignore? You do that well already :-) - RetiredTeacherD
im going to do the same - sean percival
You are doing the right activity to move the Twitter founders ,most of us are using Twitter long time but we never made anything against the SPAM or the porn users that are following by robots and posting so many links to porn sites ,it is so simple to block this activity but no one cares ,Twitter should learn much from Myspace links policy ,we can open new #tag #noporn and post there all the PORN tweets - Johni Fisher
Don't want too unfollow you here Robert, that would be your choice. - Mac Sharp
I believe the issue is more time and the medium you use everydsy, obviously the iphone. If you had three high powered connected desktops with dual monitors and could spend your time just with twitter, friendfeed, etc. it would not be so much of an issue. The truth is time for you to treat people as you would like to. I believe you are being realistic in your time management. I do not believe it is a lie for others to be able to deal with more than 2000 followers or subscribers. - RetiredTeacherD
Jesse, my Twitter DM inbox is dead. - Jason Nunnelley
@ariherzog did the same about three months ago. You might want to ask him how it worked out for him. - Kevin Sablan
I get it. I get overwhelmed and I'm only following around 200. I think you'll get a lot more out of it by following fewer people. - Kate
Did you break Twitter today...might slow:) - Liza + = ?
Great news! Caught up with this late, but a welcome addition to the stop auto follow movement. Just putting up a post on my site - imrat