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Who knew that cleaning up my twitter would take so long?

can be a great marketing tool for those of us who write online and I jumped on the twitter marketing bandwagon years ago when it first became a big thing. Along with many other writers I followed almost anyone I could find who had an interest in either writing, or the things I wrote about. People started following me back and adding me to lists, once I discovered how these lists worked I then decided to use them to my advantage. You see if someone adds you to a list, you can see who else is on the list. So when someone added me to a list titled 'writers' or something similar I knew that all the other people on that list were also writers.

This was a great way to build up my followers, or so I thought but what really happened was I followed about twice the amount of people who followed me back and didn't notice so this went on for a while. I ended up with 800 followers, but I was following around 1600 people. This is where it gets problematic, first off with that many people being followed, my twiter feed is a mess. I can't find anything worth finding half the time and before I have gotten even half way down the page there are at least 50 new tweets waiting on me. The next problem was that I simply got bored with this mess and left it alone for a very long time, so now it is even more of a mess. Finally many of the people I follow tweet about things that are of no interest to me, as I followed these people purely based on the fact that they were on a list that identified them as writers.

When I started writing here I decided to get my twitter in order and have been using a third party application to unfollow all the people who are not following me back. This is at least a place to start, if they are not following me back, then the chances are that we have nothing in common or maybe they are just not interested in what I have to say. Either way I think this is a good starting point, it is certainly the easiest thing to fix. The third party application just lists all the people who don't follow you back and you can choose to unfollow them. The only problem is you can only do so many a day so this is taking a while.

Once I unfollow all the people who are not following me, I have a harder task to do. I must then go through all the people who did follow me back and get rid of the ones whose tweets I do not want to see. Once I have done all that I will be able to use my twitter properly again, but I have a feeling that this is going to take a while.

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Anja wrote on June 15, 2014, 12:07 PM

I have two Twitter accounts but I follow too many on both. I don't even like to open it anymore, even with Tweetdeck. I get sucked in and can't get out! I don't know if tweeting my articles does me any good, it seems most writers are there for promotion, not to read the writing of others.

melody23 wrote on June 15, 2014, 12:45 PM

The theory when I started twitter was if we all came together and tweeted ours and others stuff, the other writers we were friends with would retweet if we retweeted theirs. That meant that they would be exposed to many more people and at least some of them would click through to the article.

I have two twitters as well, one for writing and one personal. Only I don't use the personal one at all, being honest with you I hate twitter

Ravenmount wrote on June 15, 2014, 5:09 PM

I keep thinking I need to weed mine, but then I look at the list of folks I follow and realize that I follow so many international journalists and celebrity musicians that I'll always have a lopsided follow count. I rarely use it anyway so most times I just give up, retweet a bunch of stuff, and forget about twitter again for a while.

Ruby3881 wrote on June 16, 2014, 7:49 AM

Which application are you using? I need to weed out my Twitter too, and I think it could be useful.

melody23 wrote on June 16, 2014, 3:10 PM

if you google 'justunfollow' it should be the top result. It is a really good tool actually. It shows you who you are following that is not following you, who is following you that you are not following, unactive people on your list and probably loads of other things that I haven't played about with yet.

AinsleyJo1952 wrote on June 19, 2014, 2:01 PM

Even more than cleaning up my Twitter account, I wish there were a way to separate certain parts of my FB account. I'm always getting these invitations to play this or that game. Most of them, I don't have time to check out at this time. Some, I wouldn't be interested in checking out if I did. I wish that the invitations to play were in a separate notification place from the other notifications.

melody23 wrote on June 19, 2014, 2:27 PM

I don't really get that many now because every time I get a game notification I block the application so I never see it again, I am so thankful for that feature some of my friends must have no lives because they seem to spend half their lives playing these stupid games!