A frequent offender of the Twitter feed is the automated tweet saying how many people have followed/unfollowed the tweeter. A major reason I feel this way is (and I know I’m not alone in this) is that I simply don’t want to see that sort of post, especially multiplied by the number of people doing it! So, especially if that person tweets very little else, I’ll be inclined to join their unfollower statistics.
Are you guilty of such tweets? It may be that you signed up for it when you first joined Twitter and have since forgotten all about it; simply look at your own tweet stream to see if it’s happening. Justunfollow and similar apps can be found in your Settings. You should be able to turn off the autotweets even if you still want to see the stats.
It’s also worth bearing in mind how you use these stats. Don’t take it personally and automatically stop following someone who has unfollowed you if their tweets are actually of interest to you; they may have any one of a number of reasons, such as reaching their follower limit or having changed focus, rather than necessarily having grown tired of, or taken exception, to your posts. Above all don’t send an angry tweet to someone who has unfollowed you, as someone did to me – it will say more about them than it does about you!
I’ll finish with a handy hint for when you reach your follower limit. Make use of Twitter lists – you can keep someone on a list and still see their tweets even if you’ve unfollowed them. More on Twitter lists in a future post.