Why I Unfollowed 855 People On Twitter Today

I just spent about twenty minutes using a free online tool called ManageFlitter to Unfollow 855 people on Twitter.

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Unfollowing Twitter Inactives

It easily picked out the Inactives, the folks I Follow who aren’t active on Twitter and haven’t Tweeted in over a month. These are the people I Unfollowed. Many of them had been inactive for eight months or more.

Social Media Is, Well, Social

Twitter (and all Social Media) is a conversation. Conversations require the presence of at least two participants. On Twitter, this means:

Presence: You show up.

Participation: You speak and listen.

Since there’s an “opportunity cost” for me to follow you, in that Twitter may actually restrict me from following others if my friend/follower ratio is out of balance, people I’m following with no presence on Twitter get purged from my list. This means I can grow a larger list, with active, helpful participants.

Perhaps a few “lurkers” got removed, but really, if you’re not contributing value, why are you in the conversation? If you’re on Twitter, Facebook, or involved in any communication-focused social media or community site, try to take a minimum of five minutes a month to stay in touch. If you can’t do that, don’t expect to be listened to.

Oh, there are lots of other ways to get Unfollowed on Twitter, but not showing up at all is pretty basic.

If you want Social Media results in your business, show up.

Come Follow Me On Twitter!

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And of course if you do show up, please follow me on Twitter! If you Tweet now and then, and don’t spam me, I’ll follow back and contribute useful content and ideas – and even respond to questions. You won’t get Unfollowed on Twitter if you show up and participate. Thanks.

Posted on by Karilee in Social Media

21 Responses to Why I Unfollowed 855 People On Twitter Today

  1. Vernessa Taylor

    Hi Karilee,

    I didn’t realize you’d written a post on this! I had to laugh :D My number of unfollows was about the same (though I didn’t have many more than that to begin with). ManageFlitter is a great tool (with a little humor) that makes quick work of what could be an unpleasant task.

    I’m in total agreement with all your reasons for pruning your Twitter account. This time around I’m not leaving myself open with the auto-following! (A little technology can be dangerous.) :)
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  2. Pete Michaud

    This is something I’m a little stumped about. I use twitter, but it hasn’t been a focus for me. The primary thing I do is just tweet my new posts. I have a few friends who have 20,000+ followers and no one ever says “YES! TWITTER!” — most of them feel like it’s neutral or a waste of time.

    People talk about “the conversation,” but I see a whole lot of bullshit without substance.

    So, I have washed at the altar of social media, and I am prepared to be enlightened. How can I use twitter?
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    • Karilee
      Twitter: KarileeO

      It’s hard to answer your “how” until I know your “why”. For me, the why is:
      1) Community
      2) Marketing/Traffic

      Twitter is keyword focused, just like everything else on the web. This effects your bio, what you Tweet, and how you attract the right followers.
      Twitter helps you find the right community for you – depending on what you’re doing, that might be a few people, or a large number. I’m personally not so into building relationships with those people ON Twitter most of the time, there’s too much noise for my taste. But once you find them and connect, you can attract them to your website, or connect via LinkedIn, or via their website, or even in person…

      Google also values “buzz” around your site, so not only might your Tweets themselves be indexed and appear in Google search, but of course the links from them drive traffic. While the links on Twitter are “nofollow” links, and don’t count as inbound links for most search engines, every “door” you open to your site brings in a bit more traffic. People don’t care if links are “nofollow”, they come through if they’re interested enough, or if someone they trust recommends you strongly. Then Google (and Alexa) sees your number of unique visitors go up, and this is good for your search engine ranking – so while Twitter may not have a direct SEO affect, there’s a second-level one that matters.

      I think whether Twitter is “worth it” depends on finding a system where you can maximize its ROI without it becoming a time suck. That’s why I created my Twitter Building Service for busy entrepreneurs who don’t want to “waste time” there, until they have enough of a following that it starts to be worthwhile for them. Perhaps for you, just tweeting out new posts is the right system, for now.

      Since you’re very high on my “favorite bloggers” list, Pete, I’d certainly be happy to dialogue or chat on Skype about your personal “why” and “how”. The answer to “Is Twitter worth it?” depends on the goals of your business. I know you have my email.

       
  3. Jade

    855 is a big number. I wonder how long it took you to do unfollow those 855.
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  4. Win - Win

    this is insane too many followers i wonder if they have privacy in life,thanks for sharing this to us,this post is very informative one.
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  5. Jeng

    I had to laugh :D My number of unfollows was about the same though I didn’t have many more than that to begin with. :)
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  6. jazz0506

    Very nice blog! Thanks for sharing this blog..Keep it up. | :P
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  7. ambotikaw

    I think whether Twitter is “worth it” depends on finding a system where you can maximize its ROI without it becoming a time suck.
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  8. Chris

    I’m personally not so into building relationships with those people ON Twitter most of the time, there’s too much noise for my taste. But once you find them and connect, you can attract them to your website, or connect via LinkedIn, or via their website, or even in person…
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  9. megatron06

    People don’t care if links are “nofollow”, they come through if they’re interested enough, or if someone they trust recommends you strongly. | :P
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  10. johuannapale

    I’m personally not so into building relationships with those people ON Twitter most of the time, there’s too much noise for my taste.
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  11. Ruthie

    Nice post. To me this is so informative. Thanks for sharing this.
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  12. fab0506

    I think whether Twitter is “worth it” depends on finding a system where you can maximize its ROI without it becoming a time suck. | :P
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  13. Janah

    I think people don’t care if links are “nofollow”, they come through if they’re interested enough, or if someone they trust recommends you strongly.
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  14. Jose berna

    I didn’t have many more than that to begin with. Manage Filter is a great tool with a little humor that makes quick work of what could be an unpleasant task.
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  15. hunterX0506

    I’m personally not so into building relationships with those people ON Twitter most of the time, there’s too much noise for my taste. | :P
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  16. Berna01

    I definitely appreciate it! manage flitter is a great tool with a little humor that makes quick work of what could be an unpleasant task. looking forward to the next review.
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  17. Jackelyn

    i never had on 855 o my twitter and i think this year it will that number…
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  18. desperadas

    Inactive twitter should be unfollow…
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  19. Albert Bernard

    Wonderful thinking i like it very much, keep up it. I think people don’t care if links are “nofollow”, they come through if they’re interested enough, or if someone they trust recommends you strongly. Thanks for the sharing.
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  20. MBarret

    What a brilliant post. You should do a series! :)I did a sort of blogging for dummies over on one of the craft forums and I thought it was too simple for them, but the amount of emails I got asking questions just like what you addressed was unbelievable. As young people today we have grown up with computers, but it’s easy to forget that even people just a few years older have not! Really good post! :)
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