Yesterday I told you how I gained 500 Twitter followers in just 5 days. That post came out rather long so here’s the other half of it, which is about “cleaning up after yourself”.
One thing I’ve learned from my experience with Tweet Adder, is that many Twitter users are using some kind of “automation” to send Direct Messages (DM’s). So by using Tweet Adder, you’re certainly not going to be the only one on Twitter using some kind of helping tool.
Almost no matter how you decide to use Twitter, it can be a good idea to clean up every now and then, especially to remove the bots you might (will) have picked up (followed) over time. The two methods I’m using are:
1) Tweet Adder itself – the “Unfollow” tab
Using the “Unfollow”-tab within the Tweet Adder application will allow you to only unfollow people that were initially followed by Tweet Adder, that way you don’t risk unfollowing celebrities etc. you might have followed in the past, but doesn’t follow you back. Tweet Adder Unfollow will also allow you to specify how many days to wait until you unfollow somebody, that doesn’t follow you back. For example, you can define that you want to allow people 3 days to follow you back, from when you first began following them.
2) The Twit Cleaner
The Twit Cleaner is another one of my favorites for general Twitter cleaning-up. The Twit Cleaner will log you in using Twitter oauth, so you don’t have to give out your Twitter credentials. The Twit Cleaner is free to use as long as you are following less than 2,000 people. Above that, there’s a price to pay.
Once logged in to The Twit Cleaner, you will tell it to run a report. When it’s done it sends you a DM on Twitter, containing a unique link to your report. From there, you get a nice report with lots of information about those you follow, making it easy for you to decide which to keep and which to unfollow, also based on recommendations of The Twit Cleaner:
The report itself is divided into categories such as:
- Try To Sell You Crap
Uses common spam phrases
- Multiple @s
Puts too many @’s in one tweet, too often
- Nothing But Links
Posts nothing but links
- Tweeting The Same Links All The Time
Duplicates the same link more than 25% of the time
- Tweeting Identical Tweets All The Time
Posts the same tweet too many times
- Other Dodgy Behaviour, Now Absent
Any dodgy behaviour, plus haven’t posted in ages
- No Activity In Over A Month
No tweets in a very long time
- Not Active Yet (Fewer Than 10 Tweets)
Fewer than 10 tweets
- Don’t Interact With Anyone
Never interacts with any of their followers
- Hardly Follow Anyone
People that follow back less than 10% of the people who follow them
As you can see, it’s quite an analysis done by The Twit Cleaner, no wonder they want some dollars when you follow more than 2,000 people 🙂 Below each of the categories there are thumbnails of the people you follow, simply click the ones you want to keep and the rest will be unfollowed. Easy as that – cleanup done!
Another tool, like The Twit Cleaner, is Refollow. It’s said to give you more control but it requires a little more effort on your side to sort through which ones to keep and which ones to unfollow. Refollow is free, as far as I can tell. Try them out and use the tool you like most.
I’m not quite done “promoting” Tweet Adder to you guys just yet, as I have received some questions in my Inbox regarding what settings I am using, and recommending, for follow/unfollow with Tweet Adder. I’ll look into this and post about it in a few days. Stay tuned and remember to subscribe to my RSS feed and/or follow me on Twitter.