I keep finding humans on my Time Line stuck at 2001 people they are following. Nobody likes an "unfollower" I mean who would? We even have a site http://who.unfollowed.me/ which tells us who did the dastardly deed. There is something sneaky and downright dishonest in the practice, and we tend to see at least one or two disgruntled people whining about being dumped.
But a little known and even less thought about practice on Twitter is that we are forced to "unfollow" for very practical reasons.
Twitter Follow Limit
Twitter has a limit of 2001 people that you can follow. When we reach this limit, we are forced to do a couple of things. 1. Sit there and do nothing and look like an idiot. Or 2. we can do the rational thing and unfollow some of them. If you find yourself in this position, then you should probably just use http://Tweepi.com ( free ) and do what Tweepi calls a "Flush". Go to the last page of people you are following. Don't start on the first page, these are the most recent people you just followed today. You humans are funny.
Unfollowing Unproductive Tweeps
ProNetworkBuild, on Twitter has written about this practice extensively on Evan Carmichael and on Smart People Marketing. http://smartpeoplemarketing.com/Twitter_Smart_Following.html
Put plainly, people who don't tweet are not contributing to your timeline, and those who haven't tweeted in months probably will miss the fact that you unfollowed them. Using this simple logic, when you are in Tweepi, unfollow the unproductive tweeps. We use the "ratio of followers to following" radial dial button on Tweepi to ascertain who has a high limit.
The Serial Unfollower - Narcissist and Wanna Be
You can find out for yourself the hard way, but it is much more efficient to not bother with these people in the first place. We have run statistics over multiple accounts, with various names. Anyone who has a ratio of over 125% followed to following ratio on Tweepi is not worth your time. 90% of them will eventually unfollow you, and they require two efforts on your part if you wish to experiment. First you must locate, find and follow them, only to have them dump you, and you have to then go back to Tweepi, and unfollow them! Surely the unfollowers as self centered as they are don't really care. They have factored that sort of loss into their scheme. Of course they have to work harder at being famous don't they? It is quite humorous when you stop to think that if they worked that hard at following back, their twitter accounts would be twice as large or three times as large, and their fetish for feeling wanted or needed would be sated, wouldn't it? Oh well, on to the next group.
Unfollow those who don't follow back
There are those who don't intend on following you back, unfollow them.
Now like hackers have used Remote Access technology for years to gain access to other's computers, these unfollowers that nobody likes have used the phenomenon for all sorts of things, like being serial unfollowers or wanna be famous narcissists who fancy themselves Bugs Bunny or BP Oil, when really they are just regular people - not famous - like anyone else. Like the hacker, warping legitimate technology for anarchist purposes, these folks have taken to just not following back. Many of them Retweet you, say hello, and as a last resort even follow you, only to dump you a few days later! I can spot them by their following ratio, and lately, don't even bother following them, as I know what is coming. Why give them the satisfaction? These poor souls live in a boring world where they have no lives to begin with, and looking like somebody on Twitter must be important because they are playing out their fantasy - let them do it as someone else's expense, not mine or yours.
When I bother to call them out, and trust old Sam, he will - they have lots of excuses for this antisocial behavior. Their favorite? To accuse you of being a spammer. "I only unfollow spammy accounts, and your account, Sam fit the bill.." Really now? I've never duplicated ANY tweet ever, so calling Sammy spammy means they didn't even bother to look at the timeline before accusing me, so don't let them con you. Besides why do they have a following ratio of 200% or 300%? Their logic is thin, to say the least, let alone self justification at being caught redhanded.
Last week, I gave a guy the benefit of the doubt. He'd followed me for three days, and I refused to follow him back, his ratio was 178 ( tweepi gives statistics, alot of free sites don't ) and I just caved in. Well, shortly after following him, I was composing a smarmy tweet to the tune of "You better not unfollow me..." and he already had!! Funny how humans think, we ferrets are much more loyal.
All of this comes from a legitimate need to unfollow at certain times, and that is list management. If not for Twitter's follow limits, these nefarious characters could not shroud their actions.
We have had to Unfollow Followers!
Yes, the ugly secret is out: in order to get around Twitter's follow limit of 2001 people we were following, all of us has had to actually "flush" good followers. To give an example. If I have 1900 people following me, and I am stuck at 2001 whom I follow? I may have to go to the last page of Tweepi, and "flush" good followers using the "cleanup" feature. Hypothetically, I would dump temporarily of course, say 500 followers!! Just to get around Twitter's follow limit. OUCH! That hurts. They catch on quick too. Within 24 hours, those people are going to reciprocate by dumping me. We've had to follow back rather quickly later on, after crossing above the 2000 mark. Twitter frees up the account. It is as though Twitter is rewarding you for finding out a way around their rules.
Well, back to sarcasm and wit, just had to vent, and help a few struggling tweeps with some experience from the front lines.
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