I'm coming back to give Twitter another try after a time away.

For now, what I want to do is this: there are a number of people I want to follow, and read their tweets, but I don't want to see anything else. That includes tweets mentioning my 'followeds', retweets of their stuff, and so on.

Just to clarify, here are some examples. I'm following @Moses, but not @Pharaoh:

Yes: @Moses tweets    "Just got the Ten Commandments"
No:  @Pharaoh tweets: "@Moses Meh"
Yes: @Moses tweets    "@Pharaoh 's quite a nice guy"
No:  @Pharaoh rt:     "  --"-- "
Yes: @Moses rt:       "@Moses Meh"

Is there a way to do this? And, if possible, all the other crap that Twitter throws at me?

On-the-Web, Windows, or Android clients are OK.

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    Isn't that the default? The third example tweet would not appear to you unless you also follow @Pharaoh, but the other four work as you expect them to.
    – mmyers
    Commented Aug 14, 2012 at 20:29

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The Twitter web site will only show you the Tweets (and re-Tweets) of people you are following directly. The only exception to this is if the Tweet starts with @username and you are not following username then you won't see the Tweet.

So in your examples you should see Tweets 1 and 5. All the others will be hidden from you.

  • Thanks, Chris. Total fail on my part. Sorry, and please feel free to flag for deletion as a dorky question. My problem was that I was following someone who was rt'ing a lot of very boring stuff Commented Aug 14, 2012 at 21:20
  • @Brent.Longborough - there's no such thing as a dorky question :)
    – ChrisF
    Commented Aug 14, 2012 at 21:21
  • But I should have looked more carefully before losing my temper... Commented Aug 14, 2012 at 21:24

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