Blogs, Author Platforms, and Connecting (pt 15)

Another tool that I use regularly, though the free version is a bit limited is ManageUnfollow.  This one lets you see how your Twitter followers break down – active/inactive, following you back/not following, fake or spam followers, and a few other options.

You do have to connect with your Twitter account.  Not my favorite way of setting up an account, but one I live with for this.

So, you’ve got the connection started.  For a large following, it may take a few seconds to load.  Just wait through the loading screen.

When it finishes connecting and scanning your account, it’ll drop you into your dashboard.  If you’re close to one of the milestone barriers Twitter has in place (2k or 5k followers, depending on where you find your information; or +10% following to followers ratio after the first barrier) then this is a useful tool to have around.

I tend to focus on the fake followers first, then move to the ones not following me back.  You can follow upto 100 per day with the free plan.  It is possible to raise the limit, I just choose not to.  They do let you know when you’ve hit the limit, though if you’re flying through the unfollow process, you may go over, and so have to wait for 24 hours to see which one’s didn’t get saved.

 

The biggest pros for this one:

  • You can see who’s not following you
  • Organizing the lists is very easy, with multiple options.  This really helps if you’re trying to refine who you need/want to unfollow.
  • You can see bios without returning to Twitter – just hover over an entry, and the bio will pop up for you.  I’ve found many that needed to be unfollowed this way.  (Especially if they were only interested in selling Twitter Followers.)
  • You can see how many you have already unfollowed, which does help ensure you don’t go blowing past the 100 account barrier.  (Still not a guarantee, as you can see here – I hit 113 before I got the warning.)
  • You CAN schedule a few tweets from the program – I have 2 recurring tweets set up.  They will go out at the best time for visibility in a given time frame.

The cons:

  • The limited number of unfollows per 24 hour period.  And, they will enforce that time frame – if it’s 23 hours, 59 minutes and 59 seconds, you cannot unfollow anyone else.
  • The free version does not let you whitelist anyone who is not following you.  I’ve had a few that I wanted to follow, even though I knew the likelihood of being followed back was very low.  I know at least one of them has been unfollowed accidentally – now I just have to figure out who it was again.

Even though this is limited, if you use it judiciously to filter out the fake followers, or the ones who haven’t followed you back when you’re at one of the barriers, it’s well worth the time.  And, again, I can’t complain – the price is right.

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