Twitter is all about a conversation.
But if the people you follow, are not interested in conversing – or haven’t logged in for a year, you are wasting your precious follows!
This is what Twitter says about follow limits:
Every account can follow 2,000 users total. Once you’ve followed 2,000 users, there are limits to the number of additional users you can follow. This number is different for each account and is based on your ratio of followers to following; this ratio is not published.
What this means is that if you are following a bunch of people who never log in, they may prevent you from being able to follow other people who may be interested in a conversation about what you do.
Luckily there are plenty of free tools that you can use to clean up the people you follow.
Untweeps is simple tool with one main function: to identify and unfollow people who are inactive on Twitter.
It is very easy to use and gives you a generous free daily limit of people you can unfollow. Simply type in the number of days they have been inactive and you will get a check list that you can tick person by person to unfollow.
Friend or Follow
Friend or follow is a free tool that allows you to see who is following you, who you are following and those where the relationship is reciprocal. Personally I use this to get a quick glance at the people who are following me that I would like to follow back.
One thing that is missing is the last tweet date in each profile although you can sort the list by last tweet which at least puts them in order.
Contaxio is a comprehensive tool that allows you to see a full profile with each of the people you follow or who are following you. There are a huge variety of sort options which means you can sort first (for example by last update) and then scroll through those who fit the criteria, following or unfollowing as you see fit.
There you have three tools that will help you unfollow inactive or non-reciprocal tweeps.
A twitter clean up can take 10 minutes every few weeks but give you access to a far greater number of active and interested people to follow.
Do you ever flush your Twitter account? What tools do you use? Let us know in the comments below.
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