Large Friend/Follower Drops
From time to time you may see large drops of followers or friends on your Twitter account.
This can occur for many reasons but is usually due to an action taken by Twitter.
Please read further to see why this may occur, and what twiends does to try and limit the exposure to these large drops.
Why does it happen?
When you see your followers or friends drop by a large and sudden amount in a single day (such as 500, 1000, etc.),
it is due to Twitter bulk removing the accounts. There are a number of reasons why they may do this, for example:
- If the accounts become dormant
- If the accounts aggressively follow and unfollow others
- If the accounts spam others
- If the accounts break any of Twitter's other rules
When they remove these accounts they are also removed from your friends or followers lists.
Twitter may remove these accounts individually or they may bulk remove thousands of them in a single day.
Can this be prevented?
At a high level this can't be prevented, nor should it be.
The accounts are generally being removed for a valid reason, and your friend and follower lists will usually end up having a higher proportion of valuable connections afterwards.
Removing old accounts and accounts that break the rules are a necessary step to ensuring that Twitter can maintain a high quality service in the future.
It is distressing though. We know how hard our users work to build their social audiences, and we know that this is generally done for honest and noble intentions.
How does twiends limit this?
We will always conform to Twitter's terms of service, and we will support them in the decisions they make around policy.
We can't stop Twitter from removing accounts, nor would we ever try.
We try and add value by creating a platform that supports
Twitter's rules, and that does not encourage actions that could cause an account to break their rules.
Here are some of the things we do:
Dormant Prevention: We try and prevent accounts that may become dormant from joining the site. We look at a number of properties for each account that signs up.
If we feel that there's a high likelihood that an account may become dormant (eg. it hasn't tweeted yet), then we don't let the account follow others.
No Unfollow Buttons: We know that users that aggressively follow and unfollow others are the most at risk of suspension.
We don't provide any means to unfollow users on twiends. People are free to unfollow whoever they wish, but they should do this on Twitter directly.
Our guidance is that if you are unlikely to want to follow someone you should try not follow them in the first place.
Drop Monitoring: Because unfollowing large amounts of users is so bad for you, your friends, twiends and twitter, we actively monitor it.
Every follow and unfollow is tracked on twiends. If we see someone unfollowing large numbers of users we warn them that they are putting their account at risk.
We also take further action to prevent them being able to follow others on twiends.
Rate Limits: We support all of Twitter's rate limits. If a user exceeds a follow limit we report this to the user.
What can I do?
We know how tough it is when you see your follower count take a knock, but we encourage you to try and be positive about it, as hard as that is.
You have lost followers that were unlikely to be reading your tweets.
You can also take some comfort in the fact that everyone with a large following is probably affected by the same drop.
Make sure you familiarize yourself with Twitter's rules. If you are unfollowing people, make sure you don't infringe on their rules about aggressive unfollowing.
Where do we go from here?
At twiends we can only promote you to others. We don't sell followers, and we make no guarantee that people will follow you forever.
We also know we can't replace followers that have been affected by Twitter removals. We do communicate this in many places on our site,
and we ask that you only use our service if you accept this.
We will always do our best to create a fair environment for people to check each other out, and we will limit abuse using any means possible.
We know that when you sign up with us you place your trust in us to do this, and we value that trust immensely.
In truth, we have a vibrant and active community, and we have you (our members) to thank for this.