I like Twitter. I like it as a source of news, cool shit from geeky accounts that I follow and general merry-making amongst my friends. But herein lies my dilemma.
There are a bunch of people that I follow on Twitter who are avid sports fans. The problem? Well, they all seem to think that commentating on the same flippin’ sports matches that everyone else is watching and tweeting on is in some way valuable.
Twitter is literally a write-off on weekends and when major sporting tournaments are on the go because the stuff I’m actually interested in is drowned out by twelve different people all commenting on the try that was just scored in the rugby, or how Graeme Smith went out for three runs again, or even how some guy managed to win the golf.
Blah blah SNORE.
So why don’t I just un-follow? Not that easy. I’ve unfollowed serial sports tweeters and I don’t bother following accounts linked to sports or teams, but there is a handful of sports tweeters who tweet about other things that I find remotely interesting. So to un-follow and re-follow everyone when sports are on is a mission.
You’re also treading a fine line between following those that add value and those who you follow out of duty and/or courtesy.
I’ve managed to set up filters on TweetDeck on my work laptop so I can get rid of most sports tweets, but some still slip through the cracks, and I have yet to find a decent twitter app on my iPhone that has filtering capabilities. But my list of filtered words is growing and some words that pertain to sport also pertain to other non-sports topics so you can’t filter out everything.
In short, it would be helpful to people like me, who couldn’t give a rat’s backside about sport, if all sports tweeters left the sports commentary to one or two qualified people, or to the news agencies, or, if they really felt the urge to tweet sport, adopted a hashtag of some sort to make filtering easier.
Maybe I’m being selfish. Or maybe I need to burn a few bridges because I can see the hate coming “if you don’t like it, just un-follow”. I think I will. Sorry if I offend you, but it’s nothing personal. I just find sport unbelievably boring.