Who’s Following You on Twitter and are You Following Them?

Mark O'Neill 13-10-2008

When you have a relatively small number of followers on Twitter, it’s easy to keep track of whether you’re following them or not and vice versa. But when I checked my Twitter profile earlier today, I discovered that I had 765 followers – and I was following 910 people. Now obviously there’s a big discrepancy there. It seems that not everyone that I follow is returning the favour and I’m sure that when some people follow me, I’m forgetting to hit that “follow” button too. It happens sometimes.


But with so many names on the profile, how do you distinguish between mutual followers and people who are not sharing the love? You can’t check each one individually – that is just too tedious and mind-numbingly boring. Enter FriendOrFollow which will quickly do the checking for you and filter out the bad people who are not following you. It will even tell you the poor souls who are following you but you are not following them. Bad you!

Who's Following You on Twitter and are You Following Them? friendorfollow

The nice thing about this webpage is that it doesn’t ask you for your Twitter password. I am always a bit hesitant about anything that asks for my password but FriendOrFollow doesn’t ask for anything like thWho's Following You on Twitter and are You Following Them? bunnywabbitat. All it needs is your Twitter username. Then while it gets to work sorting and sifting, you get an animated GIF picture of a cute bunny rabbit getting its head stroked! AWW!

Once it brings up who’s not following you back, you can then decide if you want to unsubscribe from them or not. I suppose it all depends on your personal philosophy of what Twitter is all about. I personally believe that Twitter only works if you’re having a two-way conversation and THAT only happens if both people are following one another. So I tend to unfollow anyone who doesn’t follow me back. Other people approach Twitter differently with different viewpoints but that’s my own personal take on it. So when FriendOrFollow says “here are the people who are not following you”, I instinctively unfollow most of them, except for some Twitter bots that I use, such as the news, MakeUseOf, parcel tracker etc.

But then the tedious work starts – individually unsubscribing from each one! It would be nice if there was a one click batch unsubscribe feature! Yeah I know, I’m a lazy sod. Pass me another cream cake. Oh and the TV remote control. Thanks.


Oh and don’t forget to follow MakeUseOf on Twitter.

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  1. Guess who
    January 18, 2010 at 10:32 am

    I think it's rather rude for twitters not to follow back and it's mostly celebrities (who btw I don't follow) b/c they don't have anything more important to say than me or the next person. Also, I hate for ppl to OVER advertise or ask to be followed. Are you kidding me? Kick

  2. Kate
    June 8, 2009 at 1:20 pm

    Like Jimmy, I'm not in the camp that thinks I *must* follow everyone who follows me. First, your article presumes that everyone following me is doing me a favor. I don't necessarily see it that way. My twitter account is very specific as to my industry, but I get followers who are clearly following anyone and everyone, in the hopes that they will get followed in return, and they have little or no information of use to me. It's not them doing me a favor, but actually asking for one in reverse -- the hopes of automatic follow. I am selection in who I follow. What I do, is click through and read the last 100 tweets of everyone who follows me. If I find any of it of interest, I follow back. If not -- I don't. I honestly don't have time to read tweets from those who fill me on on when they left for lunch and when they returned! Daylight's a burning!

  3. anon
    May 20, 2009 at 10:45 pm

    Thanks for this post, exactly what I was looking for.

  4. Chuqui
    October 14, 2008 at 9:57 am

    Thanks for the article. I love Twitter and everything that has to do with it.

    Regards from Santiago, Chile.

  5. Jimmy Rogers
    October 13, 2008 at 11:15 pm

    I hate to say it but I like to keep my Twitter managable. I read every single tweet if I can so I only subscribe to people who post stuff I want to read. Having the entire internet flowing into my Twitter client does me no good. For this reason I only return-follow people if I actually want to see them on my feed.

  6. Wendy Limauge
    October 13, 2008 at 2:05 pm

    I don't see my smiling face on your Twitter list but I know I am following you. Good article. I signed up for FriendOrFollow. It looks like a good app for Twitter. Thanks!