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I once briefly dated a guy whose entire Twitter feed was about biking. He spent his day posting links to cycling routes, talking about his bike, communicating with other biking enthusiasts, advocating for cyclist safety efforts, and putting up photos of cars obstructing bike paths. All of this is admirable, of course, but the problem was that I didn't have a bike, like to bike, or care very much about biking at all.

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If you're tired of seeing all of those "on this day" posts on Facebook, you're going to hate Facebook's latest update. The social network launched a new Memories page this week, essentially an expanded version of its "On This Day" feature where you get the pleasure of reminiscing about that burger you ate one year ago today or that time you posted that drunk selfie.

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Over the last couple of years, we've seen social media tools significantly change the way our feeds are represented to us. It's a source of frustration as it can make finding an interesting post hard to find again and we miss things that happen when the algorithm decides for us that the item isn't something we'll engage with. Instagram has revealed what they do to manage our feeds. And while the make it all sound like it's in our best interest, that's not always the case.

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We all have that one friend who's insufferable on social media. If you're tired of seeing your Instagram feed cluttered with annoying memes, gloating status updates, or endless selfies, the solution seems obvious: Unfollow them. If only it were that simple.

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For about 15 minutes, building a strong Klout score was a big deal. The service looked into all your social media feeds, assuming you gave it access, and then worked out how influential you were. It was acquired for a ludicrous $200M four years ago by Lithium Technologies but the service will be shutting down on 25 May 2018.

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If you've been on Twitter for too long, or gone on binges where you follow too many people at once, you can end up with a crowded, even toxic Twitter feed. In the twelve years I've spent on Twitter, I've ended up following an unwieldy crowd of over 3,700 accounts. I can't make a big dent just by manually unfollowing people in my feed, so I use ManageFlitter, a powerful tool to sort and act on my followers.

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In its April issue, a writer at The Atlantic makes the argument that "retweets are trash". Whereas once if you wanted to repeat something someone else had said on the platform you would have had to create a whole new tweet and add a "RT" in front of it, the addition of the retweet button has made it so people will often share the thoughts of others without fully thinking through those statements. Now there's a new tool to actually make that happen called Blindfold.