Twitter can be a wonderful place to connect with people from around the world. It can also be a great place for bots and garbage accounts to spam you with tweets you wish you hadn’t seen in the first place.
What you may not realise is that you can filter the notifications you see on the service, specifically in a way that weeds out a lot of the bots and accounts from people whose only purpose is to troll you.
To find them, go to the Settings menu within Twitter and then select Notifications. From there you’ll be able to mute notifications from people who don’t follow you, people you don’t follow, people with a new account, people with a default profile pic, and people who haven’t confirmed their email address or phone number.
I personally chose to mute only people with new accounts and people with default profile pics. I’ve had plenty of great conversations on Twitter with people I don’t follow and those who don’t follow me, so I personally see no reason to mute those folks. The same for confirming an email or phone number. I’m not sure that should be a conversation deal breaker.
As for people who have just opened an account and haven’t chosen a profile picture? Those are nine times out of two going to be someone I’d rather not interact from, and also likely someone that created the account just to be a troll. Removing just those cuts down on a lot of clutter, and can ensure what you see in your notifications is actually things you want to see.