Friday, 11 June 2010
How to: Avoid the World Cup on Twitter
It's the World Cup! A time for nations across the globe to come together and celebrate an aerodynamic sphere rolling around a piece of grass.
Naturally, Twitter is going to explode; feeds full of news, views and insight from the action in South Africa.
However, if you're concerned about World Cup fatigue, there are some precautionary steps you can take to avoid being deluged by a torrent of football-related news. But only if you're getting your Twitter stream from Tweetdeck. Which you should all be doing anyway.
Filters are fun
It's relatively simple to remove tweets from your stream. Simply click on the settings icon in the top right corner. It's the one which looks like a spanner.
Select the 'Global filters' tab and enter the words you never want to see from your Twitter chums.
And presto, any tweet mentioning your undesirable hashtag or word will no longer appear in your stream.
For reference, here's a list of the words and hashtags you probably want to avoid for the next month or so.
Andy Townsend (But most people already have this filter on anyway)