Find out people who’re not following you back on Twitter

When you’re following lot of people on Twitter, be it hundred or thousands, the key factor is to keep the noise to the minimum. And a very important step is to keep away from following spam accounts. Having said that, spam has different meaning to different people on Twitter. For some it could be bots (for most of us), while for some its people who RT a lot, and for some its people who don’t follow back.

I make it a regular practice to unfollow people who aren’t following me back. It makes sense that way right ? I do it once a while so that it all balances out.

There are many applications available today that will let you unfollow non-reciprocating tweeps. One that I regularly use is – this one.

Its a very simple tool that will easily pull out a list of all the people who aren’t following you back on Twitter.

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It also fetches you a list of people whom you aren’t following back.

Why I like this tool, is because it isn’t fully automated. There is another tool that I used, which automatically unfollows everyone who’s not following me. But I thought this is a bit over the top.

I wanted to screen profiles before I unfollow them. For instance there could be “@aplusk” or “@google” who would not be following me.

This application gives me the entire list of people who aren’t following me, in a “latest people whom you followed first” order, so I can manually screen out the obvious guys.

I found it a nice tool, may be you should try it too. Are you Following Me Too.

18 Responses

  1. I used to wonder who’s not following me back, but then I realized it really doesn’t matter to me. I follow people because I want to follow them not because I expect reciprocation.

  2. I didn’t know this application but it’s really interesting. I won’t delete people that aren’t following me but it’s still interesting to know. Thanks for sharing.

  3. I think http://tweepi.com will also be a very good tool to manage followers.
    There is some good level of automation, but you also have the freedom to choose.

  4. Omer

    You consider people *not* following you back as spam? Do you even have an idea of what the concept of spam is?

    If anything, those people who follow me just so that they could be followed back are the real spam – they try to get me to do something I have no interest in doing in an unsolicited manner. They don’t care what I have to say and are only following me to increase the number of followers they have.

    These kinds of tools only increase the anti social stances people take in social environments.

    • Mani Karthik

      Hi Omer, Nope I don’t consider people not following me back as spam. Here’s the thing. I follow every interesting profile I stumble upon. I think its a pain if you were to scan through the profile, digg the tweeting trends and frequency etc to decide if you have to follow or not. I keep it really simple. You see an interesting tweet, you follow the guy. I dont look at his follower number or reputation.
      But this “blind” act has earned me lot of inactive and deadbeat accounts. As a general house keeping measure I opt out of following them, and I do this once a while to keep my ‘following’ list clean.
      If I were to write it down, spam to me is -
      1) Accounts that aren’t active (like one tweet in 3 months..)
      2) Accounts with objectionable content
      3) Accounts with only automated stuff like twitterfeeds
      4) Accounts that use Twitter out of my context.

  5. Omer

    What brought be to write my comment was this: “spam has different meaning to different people on Twitter [...] for some its people who don’t follow back.”
    That statement was so far out there, that I couldn’t believe anyone would agree with it and if you wrote it, you probably did.

    Tools like the one you linked to are the of tool kind that promotes anti-social behavior and nasty book-keeping habits in social network users.

  6. I use buzzom to find out who is not following me. It is a great to to follow and find people.

  7. I hate this childish way of following people and expecting the same in return.
    Following a person is a good way getting the persons attention but if you just want to see great content then who cares about who is following you.

  8. Great Post.

    I always wanted to know who follows me back, but it was a bit difficult as I didn’t want to search manually. This plugin will surely come to use.

    Thanks,

  9. Nice content it would be helpfull for me .I am impressed your website . Its layout is very attractive .Thanks and keep on working.

  10. Hi Mani, Really Nice information, i was just googling about twitter follower checker, and link which you have shared in your post, is very helpful for me. keep doing same.
    Thanks a lot for nice post.

  11. Harper

    Thank you for the information… =) Cause I want to unfollow those people who follow you then I follow them then after a few days they would unfollow you just to have many followers. It’s kinda annoying me.