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Making Twitter usable again.

The purpose of IronUnfollow is to declutter the user's Twitter account. Twitter has been unusable for me due to the many people I followed. It also has become a mere tool for shouting out my automatically created content for my Internet Marketing blog. However, I want to change the way I use Twitter for various reasons. For one, I've met some interesting people at recent hackathons, that unlike me, use Twitter for communication. It's also very easy for the organization team of a hackathon to get a conversation started on Twitter and has some advantages over facebook, which is my primary hub for social networking.

So my goal was to get down the number of people I follow down significantly. Before I started writing this useful script, I was following over 2,000 people. Now I'm following less than 150 actual people and can actually see some meaningful and interesting tweets that make me want to interact with my following.

[X] useful - making Twitter usable again by getting rid of people that won't engage in a conversation
[X] beautiful - it runs in a console and I tried to make the code somewhat beautiful... Ruby's simplicity is indeed beautiful in itself
[X] informative - it tells you whom you unfollowed and who you are still connected to
[X] cool - ice cold unfollowing

As far as new technologies go, I've used the Twitter API - which is new to me. The language Ruby itself is still fairly new to me, I've been using it for only about two months at this point.

This app is for everybody that follows way too many people so Twitter isn’t really useable anymore...
I noticed that even though I’m using facebook primarily for my ‘online life’, most of my developer friends are active on twitter instead. By using this app, it's easier to connect with these geniuses and get more involved in the community.

IronUnfollow is released under the MIT License and can be downloaded and contributed to at https://github.com/manonthemat/IronUnfollow. The detailed description how to use it, is written on that page as well.



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