If unfollowing upset you how does it feel to be blocked?


It’s so high school! The drama of Twitter, nay, social media in general. Still it’s worth bringing up in the event you should be faced with such a decision as to whether or not you should use a particular tool and, most importantly, if you would like that tool to broadcast the results. I also qualify my involvement here to say I did not take this even personally because I know it was all automated and I have no connection with the actors. Now here’s the setup …

Last night I used ManageFlitter to unfollow a few hundred people who did not reciprocate in following me back. That’s how I roll. Actually I call it my un-follow policy: If I follow you for more than about a week and you do not follow me back I un-follow you. Why? Because I want to. That’s my policy, it’s how I roll.

Evidently caught up in the fray was a fellow who goes by the Twitter handle of @DrMwba – I don’t know him. All I know is I must have unfollowed him in the herd I dumped last night. Now here’s where it gets sticky and I advice you not to do what Mwba does: use an alert to post to his stream and @ the people who unfollowed him. While I could not care any less than I do you would not want to do this because you may offend someone who could be a future client or referral agent. Here is how the tweet appeared:

The service Mwba used is called fllwrs. I don’t know anything about fllwrs nor was I interested in demoing it for this article. If it is one of those third party apps which does not ask for permission to do what it did I would not want to pollute my stream with those types of tweets. Nor should you. I do invite someone from @_fllwrs to chime in especially before I talk about this on the show next Tuesday.

Think about the impact of what you do online. Yes, if you are running a small business or act as an independent contractor it will benefit you to be somewhat politically silent and adhere to the social rules of high school … or kindergarten.

3 thoughts on “If unfollowing upset you how does it feel to be blocked?

  1. I really do not understand the point of the fllwrs thing? Embarrass me? Shame me into starting to follow you again? Provoke me into replying with a snarky comment?

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