Twitter Dropping The Hammer on Spammers

July 24th, 2009 |

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It was only a matter of time, but Twitter recently released an announcement regarding the correction of follower/following counts.  According to their post,

For some time, the follower and following counts we display have been incorrect for some folks. We’re soon to push a change that will address this issue. This means that the count you see in your sidebar should match what you see on your follower and following pages.

However, a consequence of this change is that follower counts will drop for some people. In particular, those with large followings may see significant changes as we correct for spam accounts and data inconsistencies. No legitimate followings should be affected—we’re just cleaning up artifacts in the system.

So if you notice a drop in your number of followers…no need to worry, you did not do anything wrong.  It is just Twitter trying to clean up some accounts that don’t belong or are not appreciated by the Twitter community.

Chances are, the larger your Twitter following, the higher the number of followers who may have disappeared from your account, whereas if you have a smaller following, you will more than likely not be affected as much.  However, if you are worried about the amount of followers you lost, no need to worry, keep providing great content in your tweets and you will grow your Twitter following in no time!

So how did you lose alot of followers lately?

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  • David J.Dickson

    Several weeks ago I got a follow request from a guy who had joined twitter about 3 days earlier. He had 960 followers & was following 1200+ people. He had 3 tweets. At the same time I got a follow request from a girl who’s bio was ” I don’t know I just want to party I guess.” I locked my twitter immediately & dumped a lot of people I really had nothing in common with. Anything to get rid of spam is help full. Now can we please get rid of auto following?

  • Robert Bacal

    147 people retweeted this despite the fact that the title has nothing to do with the text in the article. Wow. What's THAT say?