I’m generally a happy person. By most measures, I lead a privileged life. This typically means I’m not outraged about anything. Shouldn’t I be outraged about something? How can I consider myself to be an upstanding member of modern society without a sufficient level of outrage? This problem must be rectified, posthaste!

These days, whenever I need to know what I should be angry about, I just head on over to Twitter. I imagine any social network would suffice, but I prefer my outrage in 140-character morsels. Delicious, rapid-fire bites of entitlement. Whether it’s a free service trying to make money, a debate on free vs. paid software updates, podcasting equipment, or the minute details in an 80-second movie trailer, it doesn’t take long before the injustice du jour is served up piping hot. Bon appétit!

Lately, though, I feel like I have had my fill. One can only make so many trips back to the outrage buffet. The problem is, how can I continue to use Twitter and yet filter out the majority of the indignation/entitlement/anger/bullshit? One answer I have found is the List.

Twitter has a feature (for now, anyway) that lets you group users together into public or private lists. You can then view the updates from these users (including users you do not follow) like a filtered timeline. I’ve used lists in the past to group together particular interests, like “Hockey” or “Apps,” and have kept my “Following” list relatively small. However, I have found a more useful implementation. Instead segmenting them, I follow all of the users that represent these different interests and as a result, their updates are included in my primary timeline. This makes for a very diverse stream of updates, but it can get “noisy” at peak-outrage times.

I’ve created a list by going through the group of people that I follow and hand-selecting the ones that regularly post thoughtful content and who are interested in engaging conversations. They generally keep their outrage at a tolerable level. They don’t post hundreds of times per day, so the pace is slow and purposeful. I’ve named this list Read & Trust, an homage to the former blog network and newsletter of the same name. Many of the people on this list were members of this original group, but it was not a requirement for selection. The sole requirement was that I personally Read and enjoy their posts and Trust their opinions. They’re generally very responsive and interested in conversation. Currently there are 37 members. It’s not a very diverse group. It’s pretty nerdy. It might not be for everyone, but if you’re interested in following, I’ve opened it up to the public here.

Sure, I could have just mass-unfollowed everyone except for these users, but I still want the option of switching back to and checking in on the full timeline. Maybe I’ll unfollow everyone down the road or leave Twitter altogether. But for now, whenever I need a break from my main Twitter feed, I switch over to Read & Trust. Lately, I’ve been spending more time here than in my primary timeline. It’s possible that as I get older, my appetite for outrage is waning.

Read and trust | December 10, 2014 by James. Looking for more? Check the archive or follow the feed. Want to say hello? Send me an email. Or a beer.