Users of the social networking site, Twitter, can attest to the fact that their follower count can fluctuate on an hourly basis. If users take the time and effort to investigate and follow back those who initially choose to follow their tweets, many would agree that it would be nice to know if those users have decided to unfollow them. The dilemma is that it is not only inconvenient, but nearly impossible to pinpoint who those unfollowers might be if a user has a substantial following.
Twitter Followers Application
Who Unfollowed Me is a web-based application that requires users to sign in with their Twitter account name and password. The free version of the application allows Twitter users to check their unfollowers every fifteen minutes, a seven day unfollower history, as well as a complete list of other users who aren’t following back. For convenience, the application indicates which users who unfollowed an account are currently being followed or not, with the option to manually unfollow from the application itself.
For a small annual fee of $4.99, which can be paid through PayPal, users of the application can upgrade to its pro version. The pro version offers enhanced features and privileges, such as the ability to check unfollowers at any time instead of once every fifteen minutes. An auto check of unfollowers is also available with the pro version, in addition to being able to send out follow me back requests directly from the application.
A Synchronized Unfollow Twitter Tool
Who Unfollowed Me is a great way to manage a Twitter following. The application provides a user with regular updates as to whom they might need to unfollow. Nothing is more frustrating that to discover that those you’re following aren’t taking the time to invest in following you back. While some users not following back is a given, particularly in the case of most celebrities or major corporations, following back is considered to be a common courtesy within the site’s unspoken protocols.
The Twitter application gives users a sense of control and knowledge about those users who are choosing not to follow them back. It provides a centralized location to identify unfollowers and non-followers that they wish to discontinue from their own following. Instead of having to manually scroll through their list of followers, attempting to identify who those unfollowers might be, the Who Unfollowed Me on Twitter application provides instant identification.
Developed by C&J Graphics, the twitter application is available at who.unfollowed.me. A Twitter account is needed to login and being using the application, however full information and a side by side comparison of the free and pro versions are available on the site prior to actual use. The decision to use the Twitter tool is largely determined by the individual user’s need to know and the manner in which they wish to manage their followers. However, this particular Twitter followers application has a convenient and practical use – the ability to quickly see who’s not following back and instantly unfollow if the user decides it’s not worth their time and investment.
Using Twitter for Beginners
Twitter is a free social networking service that can be compared to micro blogging. It was established in 2006 and took two years to really be used widely. The way Twitter works is that users send messages of 140 characters or shorter to each other that ultimately answer the question “What are you doing?”.
These messages or tweets can contain links to web pages, images, videos and other media that is then picked up and forwarded by those who follow one’s account. Though using Twitter is simple, there are a few rules and other guidelines that everyone using Twitter should know. Accurate Twitter etiquette and using Twitter lingo correctly will make sure that the social media experience is a successful one.
Twitter for Dummies: Basic Twitter Vocabulary
Though there is no hard and fast to Twitter language, there are a few basic Twitter terms that any user should know. New Twitter-related terms and phrases pop up everyday and the best ones will make it into everyday speech, on Twitter or elsewhere. Here’s a list of the most common Twitter terms:
- avatar: Twitter users don’t have usernames, they use avatars that best describe themselves or their business.
- follower: someone who follows a Twitter account
- hashtag: # indicates a topic or theme
- retweet: forwarding someone’s tweet
- tweet: sending a Twitter message, limited to 140 characters
- tweeting or twittering: writing a tweet
- TweetStream: a person’s flow of tweets
- Twingo: Twitter lingo
- Tweeter: a Twitter user
- Tweeple: people using Twitter
- Twitter: an application that revolutionized the way people exchange messages
- Twitterati: celebrity or popular Twitter users
- tword: Twitter word, usually starting with tw
Twittering: All About Staying Within 140 Characters
The idea behind Twitter is to provide an online SMS platform for everyone, worldwide, so the whole key to twittering is to be brief. There are, of course, useful abbreviations that will help one to stay within the limit. Note that Twitter speak does not include common SMS abbreviations like u for you, 4 for for, etc. Here’s a Twitter shortcuts overview:
@: talking to/at someone or replying
: indicates a theme or topic, for example Best Tart Recipes #baking #tarts #recipes
API: Application Programming Interface – a programming method used for Twitter applications, widgets, websites, etc.
DM: a direct message that only the recipient can see
FF: Follow Friday – recommend twitter users to follow
RT: re-tweet – distribute another user’s tweet from your account
A general message like “Good morning everyone!”, for example, does not require any symbols or abbreviations. But be aware that tweets go out to all followers.
Twitter Theme Days
To structure tweets and Twitter conversations, Twitter users have introduced theme days like #Follow Friday (or #FF), #Eco Monday, #Music Monday and many others. Follow Fridays help Twitter users find cool people to follow and to recommend those whose tweets they enjoy or find helpful.
Hashtags work almost like keywords that enable anyone searching for a certain topic – tarts or baking, for example – to quickly narrow down the wealth of tweets there is to those most relevant for any given topic. The best way is to try it out and see how it works. Remember to use hashtags for discussions and general tweets as well.
Even for those who have not started twittering in the three years that Twitter has been around, it’s never too late to get started and see what Twitter mania is all about. The useful key Twitter phrases and terms above will help finding one’s way around and soon talk like and use Twitter like a pro.