Rid your Twitter Stream of pesky spammers, bots and other pests
Who to follow is certainly one of the most difficult questions for any Twitter user. I don’t subscribe to the method to follow everybody – even if they followed me first. Every once in a while I use a service called Twitcleaner to clean up.
I am still looking to connect with real people on Twitter. I have met quite a few and every day there are more! But I also go and discover new people to follow every day. And sometimes I end up with disappointing results – some of the people I follow end up using Twitter as an automated tool to push their ads or blindly copying their Facebook updates to Twitter (one of my pet-peeves).
I also believe it is important to keep the follower / following ratio about even. You may have noticed that Twitter limits the amount of accounts you can follow at on time. If you want to follow more than 2000 accounts there are ratios to observe.
Following (account-based): Once an account is following 2,000 other users, additional follow attempts are limited by account-specific ratios. The Follow Limits and Best Practices Page has more information. ~Twitter Help Center
Even more reason to focus your following to accounts that bring value to your Twitter experience!
Now, you could go through your extensive list of accounts and unfollow some…. that would take a while. Fortunately @SiDawson developed a program that analyses pre-sorts the accounts you follow!
You sign in with your Twitter account and let Twitcleaner do it’s job. Depending on how many accounts you follow this may take a few minutes. In the mean time it may be a good idea to check how you look for others!
— Tweet4Ok (@Tweet4OK) April 5, 2012
Once the little Twitclean bird is finished it sends you a DM (Direct Message) and then you can review the results and make your choices:
No, I don’t kick everybody out that shows up with a negative rating! A lot of the tweeps are on my list because I see value in what they share, even if it’s mostly links or if they are what some call “chatty tweeps”. However, Twitcleaner is a great educational tool for me. It’s one of the tools that help me be a person and not a robot on Social Media.
What do you think? Have you tried Twitcleaner? Are you “guilty” of some of the “dodgy behavior” that Twitcleaner points out?