There are tweets I think about sometimes because they just stick with me, I can't shake their idea, and then there are the tweets I've been thinking about long before they were written.

That, and Patrick McKenzie's response pointing out that this is a value part of Twitter, the service they're using to have this conversation, is an important thing to notice about modern life. Bryan Caplan has spoken about ideas like this, Patrick McKenzie has spoken about not just this but more complex instances of similar behavior (particularly how e.g. Coinbase, because it's centralized, can stop people for falling for the Twitter hack bitcoin transfers, thereby sort of invalidating people's 'banks don't help me' narrative, and proving themselves to be fools in comparison).

It's worth saying, though, that no naive or complex algorithm exists to help us sort out our meta-desires. I'm not saying we haven't cracked the code on how to appropriately use data. I'm saying, this data doesn't exist. The positive and negative signals that would help you be the person you want to be are completely inaccessible to these services, and so there isn't any purely technical failure to help you be who you want to be. The issue is the fundamental premise of the website.

You can give people a like button, but it's too low-friction, most people use it as a bookmark, and it doesn't signal precisely the thing you want. It'd be great if I could have four buckets, in my profile, "I Want To Read Tweets Like This" and "I Want To Not Read Tweets Like This", and "I Want To Write Tweets Like This" and "I Want To Not Write Tweets Like This". They'll be in chronological order, so the newest examples will be at the bottom, and you are more encouraged to make sure old examples of your meta-preferences are still good. It'd be laborious to add something ā€“ maybe you need to copy the link, navigate into your preferences, and paste it in, have it load the tweet from the URL, and ask for a confirmation.

We need an explicit way to communicate meta-values. We need some way to give voice to our considered wants, and not just be pulled around by our momentary whims. Those suggestions are just for Twitter (a platform made for people to spout-off ā€“ I'd also think they'd want a "I regret replying to this tweet" button, because if you could filter out things that cause replies I regret, that would be swell too). Facebook, a platform at least nominally about connecting people, should let you hit a counter for when you can see people in person, and I sure hope they try to optimize for people starting private chats with each other.

Once we have the data, we can optimize it just as well as everything can be optimized. So let's start with making systems that can listen to us describe our ideals.