Twit Cleaner – Really Useful Tool To Unfollow Dead, Useless, Bot Accounts

I love Twit Cleaner!

Some of my work recently has involved creating a follow policy as well as helping manage a Twitter account for a software protection company called Wibu, through my job with illuminea (they’re illuminea’s client, not my own).

Anyways, I was going through the people Wibu were following and realized loads of them were irrelevant – based on their bios/descriptions – but that checking for dead accounts, bots etc isn’t easy based on Twitter’s web interface alone.

The problem is that the web interface will only show you a person’s 3 most recent tweets, and that you often need to click through to see each account, one at a time, after seeing the initial three.

(The reason you need to see more is that you’d have to check if this is someone who is self-centered, only tweets based on RSS feeds or otherwise uses Twitter in a way that won’t allow you to build a relationship with them.)

Also, you have to remember to open the user profiles in new tabs. Otherwise, when you click back, you start at the top of your followers list, and may need to wait for the AJAX to load more followers when you scroll down (the “view more followers” function that loads their profiles when you get to the end but without loading a new page) .

So there’s lots of points where the web interface slows you down when trying to prune who you’re following.

Enter TwitCleaner which is a Twitter app that will check all these profiles for common patterns of anti-social behaviour and generate a report for you. From there you can just click user profiles to unfollow.

Comments

  1. Thank you so much for your kind words. Primarily I wrote Twit Cleaner to try and improve my own personal Twitter experience - after all, the less junk you're following, the more you can target Twitter to exactly what you want it to be. To that end, I've designed it to give you as much information and identify as many potentially problematic accounts as possible. From there you (the user) can make the most informed decisions about how to maximise your Twitter experience. Thanks again for writing about Twit Cleaner. I'm so glad you like it. Si Dawson [Twit Cleaner Creator]

    Comment by Si Dawson - January 18, 2012 @ 4:53am
  2. (weird, it ran out of "reply" links) While I do dig around inside WP now and then in order to get things working for my sites, I wouldn't consider myself au fait enough with it to do general work, or charge others.

    Comment by Si Dawson - January 20, 2012 @ 10:46pm

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