I decided my Twitter account had gotten out of control and had heard about others doing some house cleaning of their twitter accounts. I decided to look into it. Here is my problem. I setup an auto follow tool some time ago, and can't remember where I had done it. My follower list was over 3k people and my twitter timeline was useless. Here is what I did.
- Cancel AutoFollow - Since I couldn't remember which service was doing my auto-follow for me, and this is what created the bulk of my problem, I decided to just change my password. Once I did this, I had to go back to the tools I was using like hootsuite and tweetdeck and give them my new password.
- Purge my Twitter Follow List - I used a free service called UnFollowAll to purge out my follower list. I had to run the tool several times to get it all done. But you can't beat the price. I have heard others paying $25 for this service.
- Purge my Twitter In Box - The other problem with AutoFollow is your inbox can quickly get filled up, I used a free bookmarklet called DM Whacker to clean out my inbox and sent mailboxes. With over 800 messages this would have taken me a while to do by hand.
Now I have a fresh twitter account and can begin to follow the people whose tweets I really want to see. I still see all the messages that include @adamviener in the messages, so if you think I really should be following you, hit me up that way!
See you on Twitter!