With networks like Klout popping up here, there and everywhere, it’s now more important than ever to be relevant when you’re on the web. If you’re an Internet personality or someone who really values their audience online, keeping track of how your base responds and reacts to the things you do and say could be your lifeline.
If you’re a Facebook user concerned with this type of tracking, we’ve done an article on Unfriend Finder before. With Unfriend Finder, you’ll be able to monitor exactly who unfriends you and when. With that information, you may be able to pinpoint an action that caused that reaction. And not just to make it all sound serious and impersonal either – we hate losing friends. We want to see when it happens and what we did. That’s only human nature.
There’s a very simple and easy-to-use equivalent to Unfriend Finder for Twitter. There’s no reason you shouldn’t be using it.
@unfollowr is a service for Twitter that really couldn’t be any more elementary to use.
What is it? @unfollowr is the Twitter service that helps you to track people that stopped following you. You will receive digests to your email or direct messages with list of unfollowers (including accentuated ex-friends) or link to a digest as direct message in Twitter. All your need is to follow @unfollowr.
To put it more simply, you just need to follow that user on Twitter. That’s it. Upon following @unfollowr, your Twitter username is added to a list of users that the service regularly monitors. Any change in followers is immediately recorded and eventually reported. You’re not being asked to follow this user as part of some scheme to pound you with spam.
After following, you’ll immediately begin to receive a weekly digest that shares who has unfollowed you.
Clicking on the attached link will bring up a more detailed view of the summary, showing exactly who unfollowed you. It breaks it down into ex-friends (people who once followed mutually) and then ex-followers.
There’s a quick button at the button of this summary page to immediately calculate your PeerIndex, which is a social-scoring algorithm similar to what Klout does for you.
Not everyone prefers to receive their unfollows by direct message though. Go to the service’s official website and you’re able to log in (through Twitter) and change the necessary settings.
After logging in, you’ll be able to choose between three different ways to receive your unfollow notifications:
- Direct message (list of unfollowers sent directly to you, with ex-friends marked by a “!”)
- Direct message digest (as shown in previous screenshots)
- Email (self-explanatory)
So, the pros of using this service are:
- It’s free to use.
- It’s easy to use.
- It’s configurable.
- It’s effective.
I’ve been using it for around a year and it’s never done me wrong or acted up at all. If you appreciate the service as much as I do, a premium service is also offered to those who donate to the author. Information on that can be found in the footer of the website.
Do you use this service or another like it? Tell us in the comments why you use the service you do. Or do you think losing Twitter friends is not that much of a deal that it needs to be tracked?
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