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Why Would ANYONE Unfollow ME On Twitter?

So somebody unfollowed you, huh?

How about that. How dare they. The sheer audacity. What on earth can you do?

We all have our own reasons for why we choose to unfollow (or block) certain individuals on Twitter. It might be because you see them as a spammer, find them abusive or rude, or have had problems with them on another network. Or it could simply be – and this is true in the majority of cases – that the content of their Twitter timeline isn’t something that is interesting or relevant to your needs.

The key word here is your. It’s your Twitter. You shape it how you see fit, and that includes who you choose to follow, and who you choose to unfollow.

And the best part? This works both ways.

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How Can I Find Out If Someone Has Unfollowed Me?

There are lots of different ways to do this. But first you need to ask yourself: why does it matter?

Twitter relationships aren’t like buying a pet – they can just be for Christmas. Or during a live-tweeted event. Or simply over a weekend.

People come, and people go.

It’s great if you’re doing the kinds of things that make them want to stay, but losing followers is an inevitability. It happens every single day, and it’s something that you have to accept. Of course, there’s a big difference between continuously losing massive amounts of your network, as opposed to a few here and there. The latter is reality; the former is a problem.

And this works both ways, of course. When you follow someone you’re not signing a contract. If they don’t meet your expectations, needs or interests, or have fulfilled your initial reason for the connection once X has passed, then not only is okay to unfollow them, but it’s something that needs to be encouraged. You don’t need anyone’s permission – especially theirs.

And if they then turn around and complain, you absolutely made the right call.

(PS. If you really must know, some of the tools I wrote about here can help you figure things out.)