Is your Twitter account unmanageable?
Do you want to clean up your followers and profile?
A well-managed Twitter account improves your branding and helps you engage with your audience.
In this article you’ll find six tips to clean up and revitalize your Twitter account.
#1: Unfollow Inactive Accounts
First, tend to the users you’re following.
Let’s start with your family members. You know the ones. They started using Twitter in 2007 and haven’t been back since. They’re inactive users, along with potentially hundreds of other users you followed a long time ago, and never heard from again.
It’s possible to go through your Twitter profile, analyze each profile and unfollow them. If you’re following hundreds or thousands of people, that’s a waste of your time. You can use any one of numerous tools like UnTweeps.
UnTweeps scans all accounts you follow and provides a list of the inactive ones.Decide what you consider inactive (how many days since their last tweet) and fill in the number.
Then check the boxes next to the accounts you want to unfollow.
The idea is simple. Weed out all of the people you’re following who aren’t tweeting. If you’re following inactive users, then you’re wasting your follows.
The maximum number of Twitter users you can follow is 2,000. Once you hit 2,000, you can’t follow anyone else unless you gain more followers. How many more followers? We don’t know. It’s a ratio, and Twitter keeps it a secret.
Other tools to use to clean up inactive accounts include Tweepi, ManageFlitter,Follower Filter, Crowdfire and iUnfollow.
#2: Unfollow Irrelevant Accounts
After you’ve deleted some inactive users, take another look. You’re likely still following too many users who are irrelevant.
There are some options. If you unfollow almost everyone, it seems rude and you may tick some people off. It takes time to unfollow only select people. But if you keep it the same, Twitter stays messy.
For example, blogger Michael Hyatt chose to unfollow all of his followers. Hyatt used to follow back everyone who followed him: all 108,698 of them. Michael realized the volume of inbox messages and irrelevant tweets he was getting was out of hand, so he took drastic measures. Chris Brogan also went this route. He unfollowed 131,000 users.
Another approach is to sift through the people you follow, identify the ones who are irrelevant and unfollow them. If you want to curate your follows in this way, here’s what to do. Go to your profile page, and click Following.
Look at each profile and decide if it’s worth following. To stop following a user, hover over the Following button. It should turn into a red Unfollow button. Click it.
Just remember, if you’re following a lot of people, purging like this could take a long time. Some of the tools mentioned previously can assist with the process.
#3: Organize With Twitter Lists
Twitter lists help you organize the different purposes you have for Twitter: work, family, influential people, etc. Create as many kind of lists as you like. There’s no limit.