As with any machine, it’s a good idea to keep it well oiled, and the Twitter Machine is no different!
When we are writing social media process for clients, we recommend a monthly action of tidying up Twitter followers. This means removing inactive accounts, followers who are not following back and even those not adding any value to your page (harsh I know!). This task can be pretty repetitive if done manually, but thankfully there are some great free tools for bulk unfollowing on Twitter.
Why should you unfollow on Twitter?
If you want to keep your Twitter stream healthy and working well, then you must develop and implement an unfollow strategy.
- Unfollowing those who don’t follow back will actually help you connect with more people! Did you know that there are limits on how many people you can follow, so you need you need to make room for new ones.
- Unfollowing those unrelated (to your industry) will help you connect better with people in the same area. This means your feed won’t be taken up with unnecessary noise. And it comes back to being defined about how you use Twitter.
- There are millions of inactive accounts on Twitter, do you want them to take up space in your following count? Delete them and connect with more people you have similar interests with.
3 Free Tools To Clean Twitter Followers
UnfollowerStats is a Twitter tool that is extremely simple easy to use. It helps you find your twitter unfollowers and rounds up your follower stats, those who have followed and unfollowed. Unfollowerstats creates a list of inactive accounts, making it easy to remove them from your database. The tool is free and there are no limits to how many accounts you can unfollow, top marks!
You can use Circleboom to detect inactive, overactive, fake, spammy, bot Twitter followers and
remove them. It also gives you some pretty good Twitter account insights, such as the best time to tweet. Worth checking out.
Crowdfire formally known as justunfollow. The unique feature here is that you can white/blacklist followers – whitelists are for people you follow, but don’t want to hear. We don’t see the point of blacklists. If you wish to go for the paid version, you can link multiple Twitter accounts. The biggest drawback of the free version is that it only allows you to unfollow 25 times daily which is extremely low and wouldn’t work for large accounts.