I’ve recently come to the conclusion that my Twitter account needs a spring clean. I’m following far too many people who have the social skill-set of a tin of dog food and far too many people who haven’t tweeted for ages. I’ve decided to tackle the inactive users first, largely because they’re easier to deal with than the spammers and the dim-wits/racists/Coldplay fans.
There’s tons of tools out there to help you figure out who’s inactive in your following list. Only a handful will allow you to bulk unfollow them, most of those don’t function particularly well.
Untweeps is the best tool I’ve found to weed out the lazy-bones from your following list. You simply sign in with Twitter and away you go. I chose 30 days of inactivity as my lazy criteria and let Untweeps get to work. You’re then presented with a list of inactive users who you can unfollow. Twitter said that the ‘Check All’ button was a violation of the TOS so unless you’ve only got a couple of followers you’ll want to try the CheckFox plugin for Firefox. With one click CheckFox allows you to select all the inactive users, you then hit the ‘Unfollow’ button and voila…all the inactive accounts you were following are gone.
I’d ove to hear what people think about Untweeps.