Oh no! Yesterday you had 68 followers on twitter, and today you have only 65! What happened? Why did someone unfollow you? Who did? And how are you going to make sure to unfollow back?
These first-world problems may be amusing, but as much as you’d try to discount them, you can’t help but wonder. Even if you can help it, and don’t really care who unfollowed you, keeping a tidy Twitter account is important, and staying on top of who follows you (or doesn’t), who you follow (or don’t), and who you should be following, is an important part of a minimalistic social account.
There are many ways to stay on top of these things. Chris told you about several websites and plugins that can help you keep track of unfollowers, and Aaron told you exactly what to do if you’re actually losing followers on your Twitter account.
But why should you be glued to your computer in order to find these things out? Do it on the go with the free Unfollowers.me Android app!
What Does Unfollowers.me Do?
Unfollowers.me is a pretty popular Web service that helps track your Twitter account. The Android app extends it well, and provides nearly all of the website’s features on the go. Don’t be fooled by the name, there’s much more information to be gleaned than merely who unfollowed you.
The Unfollowers.me app lets you add multiple Twitter accounts. For each one of these you can set custom notifications for when users unfollow you. You can also set up automatic tweets with your statistics, and a welcome tweet or DM for new followers, if you’re into that.
Now that you’ve added your account(s) and set up your notifications, you’re ready for the real action. Through the menu on the top, you can navigate between multiple options such as “People who don’t follow me back”, “People who I don’t follow back”, “Recent unfollowers”, and more.
Each option comes with a ready-made tweet with some interesting statistics which you can send out to your followers. Unfortunately, you can’t edit thee tweets in the free version. It’s the app’s way or the highway (meaning, tweet about it manually, if you want).
For each user on a list, you can see their own number of followers and followings, and you can follow/unfollow or block them from within the app. You can also mention users in a tweet by tapping the three dots, and add them to your whitelist. What is the whitelist for? It’s up to you, really. In general, you can use the whitelist to mark users who you already know are part of some list, and don’t want to bother about them again.
This is all nice and dandy, but you’re probably wondering, “what about those people who unfollowed me??”. You’re right, of course, but for that information, you’re going to need some patience. Unfollowers.me doesn’t provide information about recent unfollows and follows right off the bat, as it doesn’t have access to older data. As soon as you start using it, it will start notifying you about unfollows, as well as new follows.
Who To Follow? Compare, Discover And Copy
While it’s very interesting for some to find out who has unfollowed them, and pretty useful for most to see who they don’t follow back, there are other ways to discover new people on Twitter. Unfollowers.me comes with two nice tools for this purpose: Smart Copy and Compare Users.
The Smart Copy feature is simple. Enter a username you’re interested in, and choose to view their followers, followings, followers they don’t follow back, etc. You can then scroll down this list and quickly follow, unfollow or block users as you please.
The Compare Users feature lets you compare any two users to find out lots of interesting information about their mutual followers and non-mutual followers. The options are pretty much endless.
Here too you can quickly follow, unfollow and block anyone off the resulting list.
Note that this feature is aimed at smaller users, and might not work if you try to compare users who have tens of thousands of followers.
Extra Features And Limitations
The Unfollowers.me Android app automatically syncs with the Unfollowers.me website. If you’ve used the app to create a whitelist, for example, you’ll find the same whitelist when you log in to the website using your Twitter account. The website provides some extra features the app doesn’t, such as the ability to add users to Twitter lists, and the ability to sort and filter your Unfollowers.me lists.
The app itself is free to use, but there are some limitations. The first, as you’ve probably noticed, is that the app is ad-supported. In addition, there are some limitations on the number of actions you can perform through the app. You can only unfollow and follow 200 users through the app each day, and can only block, mention and DM 20.
Getting the Premium version drops these limitations, as well as the ads, and lets you edit the aforementioned stats tweets. It does, however, cost $20 per year, which I find to be a bit over the top.
Don’t Feed Your Obsessions
Before we wrap up, a word of caution is in order. Apps like Unfollowers.me provide interesting information and stats, but don’t let these go to your head. At the end of the day, it doesn’t really matter who unfollowed you and why. Twitter is a free social network, and anyone can follow and unfollow as they please. Use this information for what it’s worth, but don’t get carried away and let it mean too much to you.
On that note, there also ways to find out who has recently unfriended you on Facebook. Just in case you’re curious.
Are you interested in the information Unfollowers.me has to give? Do you have other apps to recommend?
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