Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Twitter followers decrease

If you have faced this, don't worry all of us did. The number of followers dramatically decreases by 80 or 100 sometimes. I here by list some of the reasons why this is happening.

TwitSpam
Some accounts were created just to spam or promote some porn sites. These accounts may have found their way into your followers. Twitter runs a batch to detect those bad accounts and bans them say each month. That's why you notice this great cut of followers.

Promotional Programs
Some accounts follow random people (including you) after a certain amount of time if you don't follow them back, they will automatically unfollow that account.

Follower/Following Counts bug
Twitter is currently working on this bug, the number might mismatch the actual followers.
Intentional Unfollowing
Don't you sometimes look at your following list and decided to "Clean" them. Well other people do that too, might be you are becoming boring, or tweeting too much or your topics are just not interesting to some people. With tools such as TMUT (Twitter Mass Unfollow Tool) they can easily follow or unfollow in bulk!

After all the number of followers is just a number, don't imagine that if you have 20,000 followers that means all of them are your faithful readers. Only 1/10 of the followers might click your link.