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I have a confession to make. I hate football. Well, actually it’s professional league football specifically, and more generally, professional league sports as a whole, but yeah. I’ve been dreading this weekend for the whole of the last year.

Why, you might ask?

Well, I’m an avid twitter user. Every year around Superbowl weekend Twitter becomes virtually unusable as my stream fills up with play by play reports of what’s happening in a game I care nothing about. What’s worse is that it drowns out stuff I *do* care about.

So what’s a guy to do? I could try using lists to just focus on the people I want to hear from, but I already do that, and many of them are sports fans. That won’t work too well. I could just avoid Twitter completely. Well, obviously THAT isn’t going to happen.

Enter Proxlet. Proxlet is a fantastic Chrome app that allows you to do all kinds of cool stuff. It can selectively block Foursquare tweets from your stream. It can allow you to see links and ONLY links from people you select. It can block annoying apps. And most importantly it lets you selectively mute users, hashtags and apps for any duration you want.

For this to work best, ideally your football-loving friends are using the #superbowl hashtag. If they are, you can tell Proxlet “mute #superbowl 2 days” and you’ll be #superbowl-free for, you guessed it, the next 48 hours. Or if you’re like me, maybe you’d like “mute #superbowl forever” instead. Of course you can mute more than one at once.

It’s not just non-sports fans like myself who benefit. Many people dread Fridays on Twitter and the inevitable Follow Friday spam. Set up mutes on #ff and #followfriday and you’re all set.

Proxlet will work on http://twitter.com itself, and on the desktop version of TweetDeck, Twitter for iPhone, Twidroyd on Android, Seesmic for Android, and Spaz. It will NOT work on my preferred client, TweetDeck for Chrome. In time I’m certain they’ll support more platforms. For now, I’m just glad that I need dread the Superbowl no more.

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I'm a writer and game designer with a background covering everything from IT work to programming to the graphic arts. I'm intensely interested in everything game, gadget and science related. Find me at Fiction Improbable, my fiction writing website, at @gordmcleod on Twitter, and at my too.

4 Responses

  1. Ian Mayman

    This is fantastic. No more tweets about Netflix, Verizon, AT&T, Hulu and all kinds of things that mean absolutely nothing to the majority of people because they are not in America.

    :) :D :) :D :) :D :) :D

  2. Jonathan

    Good stuff, may look into that one. I tolerate professional sports, not an avid fan on really an real sport.