Have you noticed lately that the cool Twitter tools that enabled you to automatically unfollow people have all but gone?
With one click of a button we could target followers in our niche and in the next click, automatically erase those that didn’t match certain criteria we set. If you’ve been wondering why so many of these tools don’t allow you to do this anymore, that’s because it’s against Twitters Terms of Service. And in recent months Twitter has been systematically either closing these tools down or requesting they become compliant. I don’t know about you but the thought of cleaning out 1000 inactive followers click by click doesn’t sound like good time leverage to me! There is still a super efficient (almost automated) solution though.
Manage Flitter will clean up your Twitter followers in a matter of seconds.
Despite a run in with Twitter earlier this year, Manage Flitter remains one of the few surviving tools that allow you to clean up your account with a few clicks. I created a quick video demo below to show you how easy it is.
To think we almost lost this super efficient tool a few months ago when the developers received the following email from Twitter:
“We’re writing to let you know that your application, ManageTwitter, breaks our Automation Rules and Best Practices (http://help.twitter.com/entries/76915). Specifically, it facilitates bulk automated user unfollowing, which is not allowed. It’s best for both our
users and your users if your application follows the rules, so please make the necessary changes, such as removing the “Select All” option (and requiring users to decide on each user individually) to bring your application into compliance. “
After nearly 2000 people tweeted their support for the “Save Manage Flitter” campaign, they managed to come to an agreement with Twitter by removing a simple select all button. Given my own account showed over 1700 people that were either inactive or not likely to contribute any value, I couldn’t imagine deciding on each user individually as Twitter states above. We use Twitter to build solid relationships and have fun, so we need tools that efficiently manage who we hang out with.
If you’ve noticed any of your favourite Twitter tools have changed lately, I’d love to hear about it. Especially if you’ve found a replacement. And of course if you think this tool will benefit your Twitter followers, hit the Retweet button above and let them know!