How much do you know about the people you follow and are you getting as much out following them as you thought? That’s the question which Twitclean seeks to answer – and the results can be quite fascinating.
It goes through the people you follow and assigns people whose traits it is worried about to certain categories.
So for example, people who get put in the ‘dodgy’ category include those who push out mainly app spam, post identical tweets, repeat the same URL or post nothing but links.
Of the 1,333 people I follow on Twitter, 32 (2.4%) are labelled under potential dodgy behaviour – and Twitcleaner gives me the chance to select through those people and unfollow them.
That said, looking through the list, many of the accounts listed I want to keep following because I want to see the links they are sharing, so Twitcleaner is just a starting point, and I then decide whether to take its reccomendations.
Other categories include ‘no activity in over a month’ – which then begs the question whether they’re worth unfollowing if they’re not cluttering up your timeline in the first place’ .
The one which catches my eye the most is the ‘hardly follows anyone’ category. A lack of people always suggests to me a brand or person isn’t fully bought in to the point of Twitter, but even then, some of the links are interesting. This was by far and away the biggest category of people I follow – 16.5%.
It was also interesting to see a number of media brands I follow were confused as ‘bots’ by this service under the ‘not much interaction’ section. Can there be any greater failure by a brand to be so unresponsive as to be confused as a bot?
An interesting tool, and an established tool, but one which needs your decision on the value of a follow in the end.