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How To Bulk Unfollow On Twitter in Minutes

I haven’t “tweeted” for a long time. I joined Twitter on the general bandwagon last year, downloaded and installed TweetDeck – and pretty much forgot about it. I did turn on Auto-Follow via SocialOomph though. So a year later I have 3,000 followers and maybe 50 are HostNexus clients and people I know. So 2,950 people have followed me for the sole reason of spamming me with links to their sites. They don’t care what I say because, well, I say very little. If I’m ever going to really use Twitter I need to follow only those I have a general interest in following and that is people I choose to follow and any past, present or prospective clients of HostNexus.

So today I went on a mission to purge my Twitter account.

As most people in Twitterdom know, there are thousands of apps that help you manage your Twitter account, so I thought that mass unfollowing on Twitter was going to be pretty simple. I tried several tools but all either had no Bulk Unfollow option or no Select All option. I started hitting Unfollow on people on Twitter Karma but that got real old after about 100 clicks. I then start hitting checkboxes on Tweepi and Untweeps but another 150 clicks later my right index finger started to cramp up in a death grip from hell. But both Tweepi and Untweeps do not list all your followers so it was kind of pointless anyhow. I then found ManageFlitter which listed all your followers in pages of 100 with checkboxes, but of course no Select All option.

I did some digging and found out that Twitter had put their foot down on Mass Unfollowing in April of this year (2010). All applications either had to remove Bulk Unfollow options or the Select All option to continue to operate within Twitter’s update TOS. Pretty ridiculous. I can understand enforcing a Bulk Unfollow option but telling developers to remove a “Select All” option? Very weird. But it got me thinking. The Select All thing is just a JavaScript call and happens in your browser so surely there should be a nifty little FireFox plugin that allows me to Select All?

Yes! There is. :D

A plugin is available for FireFox 3.0 called Check All but it doesn’t work in FireFox 3.6 that I’m currently using. After another plugin search I found an experimental plugin which is an updated version of Check All and you can find it here. There is another one here (thanks backy). Mozilla will give you all types of warnings about the first plugin, saying it hasn’t been verified and that your computer might grow legs and jump out the window if you install it. It works just fine. Install it. Restart FireFox, rawr.

Next go to ManageFlitter and login via Twitter Oauth. Click “Show All” and you’ll be presented with a list of your followers in pages of 100 with a checkbox next to each and an Unfollow button on the left. Hit Ctrl+A (Select All, yes baby), right click on a highlighted area and you’ll see the new plugin option “Check All Selected Checkboxes”, click Unfollow.

Unfollowing 100 people on Twitter in one go is a beautiful thing to behold. :)

Click Next, Ctrl+A, Right Click, Select All Checkboxes, Unfollow. Boom, another 100 Tweeps bite the dust. Rinse and repeat. I got it down to 5 seconds per page, that’s a 1,000 in under a minute. Bye Tweeps.

P.S. If you’re one of the 12 invisible people I’m still following….my hat goes off to you for evading the purge.

P.P.S. Damn, those Unfollow programs are quick. 600 people auto-unfollowed me already!. I’m crushed. :p

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35 Responses to “How To Bulk Unfollow On Twitter in Minutes”

  1. gemp

    July 7th

    You threw me out like an old rag :'(

    You were probably tired of my non-existent french tweets…

    Good tip, anyway!

  2. Kedrew

    July 9th

    neat idea – but do you ever wonder if maybe the twitter peeps would of thought of this? and maybe for people who try to do it this method, mass unfollow activity accounts might get banned & not get away with it?

    hmm… risky tho eh?

  3. It’s not even a grey area if you think about it. Twitter gave developers the choice of removing unfollow options or a select all option. When you go to certain sites you are still presented with lists with checkboxes and an unfollow option. There is NO difference between checking each box and using a plugin to check each box – just because a site has no select all option.

    What’s next? Twitter saying what plugins we can and can’t use in FireFox? Pretty ridiculous.

  4. Hiya

    July 9th

    This plugin does not work with FireFox 3.6.6 Do you have a plugin that works for this FF version.:(


    • I’m using FireFox 3.6.6 and it definitely works. Restart FF after you install it and then when you highlight an area with your mouse (or do a Ctrl+A) right click a highlighted area and you’ll see teh option in the right click menu “Check All Selected Checkboxes”. The option only shows if a page has checkboxes on it.

      • San Diego

        September 2nd

        This totally worked for me and it’s awesome! Thanks for the info and the feedback. It is definitely a cool plugin for unfollowing and I love work arounds.

      • Laurence (aka NexDog)

        September 2nd

        Glad lots of people are finding it helpful. :)

    • backy

      July 11th

  5. I just realised my post linked the old Check All plugin twice when I meant to say this is the one that works:

    Have updated my post and also added the one backy linked too.

  6. backy

    July 12th

    I am the one who thank you.You’ve done a great job,I’m gonna TWEET it! :D

  7. IceMan

    July 18th

    Thanks for this cool post.. UnFollowed 330 guys who are not following me back ;-)

    Also site rocks..
    IceMan´s last blog post ..IceTweets- It dsenot mtaetr in waht oerdr the ltteres in a word are- the olny iproamtnt tihng is that the frsit and last ltteer be in the rghit pclae

  8. DiTesco

    July 19th

    And behold. A turnaround does exist and it seems to be working nicely. Gotta try this one. Thanks for leading a comment on my blog that directed me here :cool: One question though, does this work also for “following” and “unfollowing” people who do not follow you back or does this addon work “in disguise” inside say the Tweepi interface?
    DiTesco´s last blog post ..How To Mass Follow and Unfollow On Twitter

    • You can use this method on any Twitter service where the select all button has been removed. But generally Twitter allows the API to instantly unfollow people that don’t follow you.

  9. Alex Sysoef

    July 30th

    Thanks for the excellent tip – I need to deal with this same issue and was just very much not looking forward to dealing with it.
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  10. Captain Jack

    August 5th

    I use .. It has a flush page. It only flushes people not following you back. Trick on it is to click the top box then shift click on the last one, which selects all.

    “P.S. If you’re one of the 12 invisible people I’m still following….my hat goes off to you for evading the purge.”
    ^^ Likely that it just failed. Try again and I think it would pull those last remaining off.

    “P.P.S. Damn, those Unfollow programs are quick. 600 people auto-unfollowed me already!. I’m crushed. :p ”
    ^^^ Only unfollow people not following you. I follow everyone that follows me. I use a webbot to do that for me.

    My system is to follow everyone that is willing to follow me back. How good is this system? At the time of this comment, I have over 44,000 friends. From that I have built a very large following of great people. Sure there are some deadbeats but I have some very cool new friends now.
    Captain Jack´s last blog post ..captainjack63- @greencelebrity Yeah- I seen that and thought of what kind of accidents could come of that

  11. Bryce

    September 1st

    Thanks for the tip! You just literally saved me 4-5 hours between all of my accounts. Cheers!!

  12. paul_h

    September 4th

    This worked rather well. I found it worthwhile to scan through the list and uncheck a few key non followers, but that aside it worked as advertised.

  13. c rhymes

    September 8th

    what about internet explorer?

  14. Tom C.

    September 20th

    Another tool which still works, check this video

  15. mae c

    September 24th

    do you know another site like buzzom?
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  16. Sam

    October 6th

    Awesome, great workaround. Thanks

  17. Cam

    October 11th

    i love you!
    Cam´s last blog post ..-iamCAM- im thinking of a number between 2 and 4

  18. Mike

    October 23rd

    Worked a charm – thanks very much :)

  19. Alice

    November 9th

    Thank you so much for this. This really helped me out.

  20. NORAH

    November 13th

    Easy to follow directions and instant gratification
    Thank you!!!

  21. Mrinmay Bhattacharjee

    December 3rd

    This is the best Bulk Unfollow method I have found on the internet :mrgreen:

    Thanks a Lot :grin:
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  22. Michelle Kirsten Tai

    January 2nd

    WOW!!! Thank you so much for the tips!!! Appreciate it loads!!! ;-)

  23. Swish Source

    February 26th

    Fantastic resource. I thought this would take all day. Took 5 minutes. Cheers.

  24. Quickroute

    August 9th

    Here’s another option that still works for those who use Google Chrome Browser

  25. Peter

    October 14th

    Thanks for sharing this. I really want to unfollow a lot of people because a lot of the people that I follow I don’t really know. So thanks for this.
    Peter´s last blog post ..conference call

  26. Wendy

    October 15th

    Good post. Do you ever wonder if maybe the twitter peeps would of thought of this? and maybe for people who try to do it this method, mass unfollow activity accounts might get banned & not get away with it?
    Wendy´s last blog post ..Degree Careers

  27. Rudy

    October 18th

    Ofcourse its easy to unfollow quickly, but twitter may ban you for this. I got myself a suspended account for doing this.. So look out!
    Rudy´s last blog post ..autoverzekering berekenen

  28. akhil

    February 4th

    This is a wonderful post….

    Thanks buddy..
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