Tuesday, 22 May 2012

Is it always really a twitter glitch?

I'll admit it, I've unfollowed people and when they've questionned it, I've blamed it on the 'glitch' and refollowed.....but why?

In the real world I'll avoid someone that I don't like, or I'll just cut the contact off gradually.

After moving to South Africa it was a great way to get rid of dead wood, in real life, by text and facebook, but not on twitter. I've blocked people in the past when they've been abusive towards me.

I was unfollowed recently by a woman who was upset she had been following me for 6 months and I hadn't followed her back and she made quite an issue about it. Well I don't check my followers. I did sign up to 'twunfollow' a while ago and despite revoking access, I still get occassional notifications, but I just delete the email.
Twitter to me without saying Hi, is akin to standing outside someones window listening in, if I don't see or hear you, how do you expect me to know you are there?

If I don't want you listening in I'll draw the curtains (blocking)

I tend to unfollow people that rarely tweet or haven't tweeted in a while. I unfollow people that I don't have a lot in common with or non stop tweet links (especially if its to sponsored blogs) but I don't unfollow people that I chat with regulary, people that are on my face book or I interact with on Instagram.

I've been known to only ask once or twice to find out if someone has unfollowed me, just out of concern that I've offended or if I genuinally think it may be a 'glitch'.

However this week 3 people unfollowed me, 3 people who @reply me on a fairly regular basis, that have thanked me for the RT or have RT'd me. All 3 were also on Instagram and that's how I knew they had gone.

I'm not bothered that they had gone, unfollowed me...I am just puzzled as to why they would go to the effort to remove me from both places? why they are happy for me to still outside their window listening in?

How do you deal with being unfollowed? Do you ask why? Does it upset you? Do you unfollow back?


  1. I once sent out a tweet stating that someone had unfollowed me because I asked how she was. Her response, apparently I had put out numerous tweets about a blog post and she didn't like that. I checked, she was wrong, but whatever, she never tweeted anything interesting or asked people how they were.

    1. ive only asked someone once wneh i sent them an email because i was concerned about their welfare and we'd met up previously and she commented on a facebook comment to discover it was a genuine glitch, when ive unfollowed i have told the person when theyve asked that i'd walk away from them in the street as i disagree with their comments

  2. If it's someone I've chatted to quite a bit and I get the unfollow email then yes, I do get a *little* upset. I have on a couple of occasions asked the person if I had upset them, said something they didn't like and both times they claimed it was the Twitter glitch and re-followed..

    1. in general i dont ask but i have been known to actually @reply them say bye and wish them well, more sarcasm than anything else