Tech Tip: Fastest Way to Unfollow on Twitter

Like many startups, we were very excited to jump on Twitter to make connections with small businesses and marketers. We used a great tool called Crowdfire to find like-minded people using keywords and in no time we started following thousands of people around the globe. Then we were hit by a Twitter restriction — no more following!  Since we were following over a thousand people and our followers were still in the hundreds, we couldn’t follow any more users!!! What??

So, we tried to use Crowdfire to unfollow those who were not following us or engaging with us in any way, but that process hit a roadblock. Crowdfire was often getting disconnected by Twitter as it applied API rate throttling to reduce our Unfollow speed. We were really, really stuck!

Our social media team was frustrated as we were missing opportunity to follow important influences. What to do? Thankfully, we are a tech company. 🙂 So our engineering team came to the rescue!

We simply figured out that Twitter does block third party apps like Crowdfire from doing mass unfollowing using API but it does not block mass unfollowing when you are visiting the Twitter web page.  BINGO!

The Unofficial Way of Mass Unfollow Your UnFollowers!

Here is the simplest “hack” that you can do by yourself to unfollow all your unfollowers at ease.

BE WARNED: THIS IS NOT A RECOMMENDED PRACTICE AND MIGHT GET YOU IN TROUBLE WITH TWITTER.  USE AT YOUR OWN RISK! WE DON’T RECOMMEND IT! 🙂

Step 1: Visit your Twitter Page on Chrome Browser

Make sure you are logged into your Twitter account.  Click on the “FOLLOWING” link which should take you to https://twitter.com/following

You should see the people you are following

Step 2: Open Chrome’s Inspector Window

Right click and select “Inspect” option from the right-click menu as shown below.

Now click on the Console tab as shown below:

On console tab, type:

$('.following-text').click()

Be warned that this will unfollow all the people on the page that you are following. Now, to unfollow more keep scrolling down the page and run the above command on the console again and again by pasting it or clicking the up arrow and pressing the ENTER key.

Again, be warned that you will unfollow the people you are following!

 

 

 

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