Basically, I read Twitter. I follow links that people send. To come to my attention a story has to be interesting enough to bubble up through everybody else. And I find that it does a good job weeding out the ordinary boring nonsense. [My Twitter] is not organized at all. I just have my regular feed. I have a list of people who frequently provide good stuff for Tabs that I look at maybe once a day, but it's really low volume. So I pretty much can catch up on that in 5 minutes. Otherwise, it's just my follow list.
I have Growl set up to pop up a little notification every time somebody tweets. Which is sort of crazy, I realize.
I have three kids, so usually I get 15 or 20 minutes to look at Twitter in the morning and then I have a lot of stuff to do till I race off to school and whatever. I'm just sitting in front of a laptop all day basically. I'm writing part of the day, programming part of the day. What people find insane that I do is I have Growl set up to pop up a little notification every time somebody tweets. Which is sort of crazy, I realize. But my feed isn't that high volume, it's slow enough. Every few seconds a little tweet will pop up, and I ignore a lot of them if I'm doing something else. But it's almost like company because I work by myself. I haven't worked in an office with people for more than a decade. So in some ways it's company and in some ways it just keeps the churn going on, so if something does pop up I'll notice it more often than not.
[At night,] I come home and have dinner with the family and don't look at the phone. I looked at the phone a little Wednesday night because things were still blowing up at dinner. [Ed.: Foster was recently involved in a spat with The Guardian's Heidi Moore, over the origin of Today In Tabs.] Typically, I put it away, and don't really get any news. I have dinner, I'll do the dishes, read to the kids. Then usually my wife and I will watch a TV show or something. We've been working through our college years series on Netflix. We just finished all of Buffy and Angel, and now we're watching The X-Files, which is nine seasons. So it's gonna be years of X-Files, I think. Nine seasons and there are these crazy, '90s, 23-episode seasons. It's super long. I can't imagine how they made so much television. There were a few years where we watched Law & Order every night, because it's always on somewhere. I think we've seen most of Law & Order already.
I'll spend a couple hours pretty much just scrolling through Twitter and collecting links. ... I'll go back five or six hours at that point.
She usually goes to sleep before me, so after that is my prime tab-collecting hours. Then I'll spend a couple of hours pretty much just scrolling through Twitter and collecting links. That's when I'll go back five or six hours at that point. I just go through hundreds of tweets. I use Tweetbot on my phone and I think that cuts off at about 900-something. But I skip a lot. I sort of have to remind myself that the point of Tabs is not to be a completist, "Here's Everything That Happened." It's the stuff that comes to my attention. I don't wanna dig, I don't wanna have to dig. That's not the point of it. So I scroll, but I don't really go searching for stuff.