Lately I came across an application on Twitter (UseQwitter by Qwitter) that produces a weekly report of the people that unfollow an account on Twitter. I had not noticed my number of followers to change so I thought I was keeping my followers happy with my tweets. So, I registered my account with this application and a week later I was sent an emailed report with the accounts that have stopped following mine.
I started wondering what reasons hide behind this harmless unfollow button and I asked my followers for some feedback. There are some replies I got:
Anna @Anna_Nioti suggests: There are some people that follow an account so that the owner of this account follows theirs back. Then, they unfollow the account; they only wanted to get more followers.
Kyle Vraa @VraaTrans suggests: If they tweet so much that is the only person you ever see in your feed.
So what if the tweets are of interest?
He replies: I suppose if they were of interest I might still follow. I don’t think I have ever stopped following a translator.
I, too, have never unfollowed a translator, or at least I do not recall doing so!
Rachel Ward @fwdtanslations suggests: If they never tweet at all, if they’re only self-publicising, if they only ever moan…
Yes, I can understand Rachel’s suggestions. When someone only posts their own blog posts or links and they do not share others can be a little annoying. Moaning can also force some followers to push the unfriendly button, too!
What do you think about this unfollow button? Can you think of any other reasons besides those mentioned above that could make you unfollow someone on Twitter? Please, do share your thoughts!