Various uses for the TweetDeck global filter feature
When TweetDeck first came out, I quickly adopted it as my main Twitter client because it had versions for all the different platforms I had (Windows, iPhone, various machines in different locations). I didn't have to try and get used to different clients in different places, which was a real advantage in my book. But the one thing I didn't care for is that the Global Filter feature was only valid for your current session. As soon as you closed TweetDeck, the filters went away, and you were faced with all the stuff you didn't want to see all over again.
But not too long ago, the Global Filters became persistent, and it's now one of my favorite features. You can add in the text you never want to look at, and TweetDeck makes sure they don't show up.
Here's the starting screen for the Global Filter settings:
You have three different types of filtering you can do. The first is filter out people who you don't want to see, the second is to remove tweets containing text, and the third covers tweets that come from specific sources. So for example, here is my setting screen:
As you can see, I'm not a fan of location service tweets, so those don't appear for me. I also filter out the string "daily is out!", as I was getting annoyed with all those tweets about "buzz" aggregation newsletters that were "published." I also filter messages that contain various characters that are not normally used when sending English language tweets.
What I also like about the Global Filter feature is that it doesn't permanently remove those tweets from my feeds. If I remove the filter, they would automatically and immediately appear again.
Here are some ideas for what you can do with filters that you may not have thought of:
- Remove tweets from location services like Gowalla and Foursquare (From Sources or Containing Words)
- Remove auto-tweets from different sites like RunKeeper (From Sources or Containing Words)
- Remove trending items that don't interest you in the least but that seem to be of interest to others in your following group (Containing Words)
- Temporarily remove people who are attending an event and/or tweeting heavily about something you don't want to read about (From People)
- Remove some tweets in unfamiliar languages by filtering on the non-English characters - not 100% but helps a bit on people who tweet in more than one language (Containing Words)
- Filter offending language (Containing Words)