Cleaning up my Quora feed: experimenting with unfollowing all topics

February 15, 2011 § 1 Comment

By: Daniel Shi
A while back, I decided to clean up the clutter that I was starting to see in my Quora feed. Quora was something that I had grown incredibly addicted to when I first joined at the end of summer last year. But in recent months, the deluge of new users had started to dilute my experience.

I ended up trying an experiment: I would unfollow all topics. I got the idea from a post by June Lin. Usually, my stream on Quora was a mix of new activity on the topics that I followed (“China” and “Startups” I think were the most active) and the people that I followed. I would be cutting off all of the updates that would be coming in from the topics I followed.

When I was clicking thru and unfollowing more far flung topics, it was not a big deal. But when I started unfollowing the topics that I had grown attached to, I hesitated. Did I really want to unfollow “China”, “Venture Capital”, “Startups”, and “Christianity”? These were really great sources of information and stories for me. I was invested in them. But, in the end, click the unfollow button I did. Even those great discussion streams were starting to get a lot of traffic that I did not find particularly useful.

After about 2 weeks of using Quora, I started to notice a few things:

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