If you’re like me, you may have noticed that Twitter may be Unfollowing some of your Twitter Followers in an arbitrarily, randomly, haphazardly, and seemingly a political way, to some of the people that you fully intended to Follow. Similarly, you may have noticed that some of your friends and contacts Unfollowed you, and it may have caused a sense of confusion or self-insecurity. To a very active Twitter user, when you lose even one Follower, it’s pretty demoralizing.
I have only been using Twitter for about two years, but I have come to use it quiet often. I have also worked very hard to get more Followers and so it is doubly hard to understand why I would lose one or two Followers for any reason. Also, it seems like when I am just about to reach a new plateau, such as 30,000, 40,000, or 50,000 Followers, I start losing Followers.
When I was just about to hit 30,000 Followers, it seemed that I started losing Followers and so I worked extra hard in trying to get the 30,000 Followers and I finally got it. That was a few months ago. Then the same thing happened when I was trying to reach 40,000 Followers.
Now, I am closing-in on 50,000 Followers and it has started happening again. On Monday, I was up to 49,149 Followers and then I lost 200 Followers and then on Tuesday night, I lost 422 Followers. Last night, I lost 1,287 Followers. This makes absolutely no sense to me.
So I went from 49,149 Followers to 47,862 Followers or 1,287 Lost Followers in three days. I don’t mind telling you that I am very upset, but before someone spirals into a series of apologies to me or I go into a deep-depression, it’s probably not my fault! My good Twitter friend Tom O’Halloran @TPO_Hisself said that he has experienced the same thing as he lost 160,000 Followers in the last Five Months.
I’m not sure what’s causing this, so I asked one of my contacts at Twitter who responded: “This is a bug, and our Twitter Team is working to fix it.” They also sent me a link to their support FAQ, which indicates the known issue. I’ll leave it to the Twitter Team to get this resolved, but in the meantime, let’s discuss how we can cope with this industry phenomenon.
Imagine this bug in the physical world: Your dear Aunt Margaret or Uncle Bob wasn’t invited to your wedding due to mail parcels gone missing, or your executive wasn’t invited to your big presentation meeting, because your address book deleted him, or you couldn’t call your best friend to let them know about your funding announcement, because his contact info went missing.
The act of Following someone on Twitter is an important social indicator for at least three reasons: 1. A Follower suggests the individuals content is worthy of listening to and you want to hear their thoughts, even the most mundane ones; 2. It’s an important indicator that you’re willing to engage in deeper conversations by receiving direct message; and 3. At a broader social perspective, this is a gesture that this person is in your broader social clan, your kin, or your affinity.
In my line of work, I deal with a lot of Direct Messages in Communications with players, coaches and parents who are constantly trying to give me infomation about a football player. In fact, some Coaches ask me to send them a Direct Message or Tweet, instead of an Email. Unlike the overloaded Email, Direct Messages are an important Business Option and it only works for those who are Following you. Sometimes, it takes me half a day to get through all of my Emails and on top of that, my Email was Hacked last week and the Hacker Deleated 3,200 Contacts.
Despite the Business Communication losses, there are many other social relationship impacts that come-up every day. Just a few days ago, one of my Conservative Friends told me that he wanted to send me a Direct Message with some information, but noticed I had Unfollowed him and wondered if he had offended me. I had Followed him, but I quickly apologized to him and Re-Followed him.
Yet, I wonder how many business, personal, and casual relationships are strained by this bug haphazardly Unfollowing. I wonder how many important Direct Messages that I may have missed from my trusted Twitter network.
Another demoralizing aspect of Twitter is that of a one-time Follower who now Blocks me. This one-time Follower seems to have every single belief and HashTag that I have, but he still Blocks Me. Another Lady in Houston has Blocked Me and she went to Baylor and is a Conservative Christian with all of the Conservative HashTags. Another one is a Friend who I have Followed and he Followed me for over two years and I just recently found out that he has Un-Followed me and is now Blocking Me.
So what can you do? Probably Absolutely Nothing. I can’t even get Twitter Support to help me uploading my Header Photo.
P.S. I just lost 173 more Followers while doing this story.
June 17 TWEET: MUST READ: The Liberal Twitter is so predictable. As I was at 49,968 and approaching 50,000 Followers, they knocked me back down to 49,245.
Five Minutes later, they knocked me back down to 49,001 Followers.
This is very Demoralizing! Let’s see. Losing 967 Followers in Five Minutes.
Wait! Five more minutes and I’m down to 48,746 or a Minus 1,222 Followers in 10 Minites!
Source : TechCrunch