The follow-but-mute antipattern by @edent@edent (shkspr.mobi)
I received a rather distraught DM from a Twitter friend last week. They were upset that I was following an account which did nothing but spew out racist bile all day long. Did this mean that I endorsed their hateful views. I was confused. I didn’t recognise the specific account, and didn’t recal...

@edent we used to call this “Kreis-Hygiene” / “Circle-Hygiene” going back to G+ when we “circled” friends.

It’s like teeth brushing but with followings. It has to be done on occasion. Especially over the last year 🙁

This is not only to sort out far right voters or Covid deniers. Often it’s also to find out that a dear account went silent and moved on and the note about it was simply missed. Nobody re-reads yesterdays news.