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Clean Up Your Twitter Timeline and Get Rid of Useless Users with Twit Cleaner

Posted by on 21st May 2011 | 7 comments

Clean up your Twitter timeline and get rid of useless users with Twit Cleaner.It seems like quality is a thing of the past with Twitter. There are so many spam tweets and bugs floating around that it almost makes you afraid to click on any link at all. If you’ve already followed a large amount of users, it can be hard to weed out the useless ones. You need a way to take out the trash and take back control over your Twitter timeline and Twit Cleaner can help you with that.

As Twit Cleaner states, “Twitter is about quality, not just quantity.” This is so true, but sadly many users think otherwise. They care so much about building up their following, that they are willing to compromise. So they follow all of the spammers and affiliate marketers, just to play along with the Twitter numbers game. You have to care though, if you want to keep your sanity and not miss out on the valuable information that others are sharing. That’s why using a tool like Twit Cleaner is a must.

Once you connect your account via Twitter OAuth, it only takes a few minutes for it to scan your account and give you a report. You’ll receive a notification via Twitter DM, so feel free to go about your daily schedule once it starts scanning.

Summary

The summary that you receive from Twit Cleaner is based on the actions of the users you’re following. There are various activities that fall under 6 different categories which are: potentially dodgy behavior; no activity in over a month; not much interaction; all talk, all the time; little original content; not very interesting. You’ll instantly see how many users fall under each and what percentage they take up in your report.

Twit Cleaner summary.It’s your choice whether you want to take action or not against these users. You really have to ask yourself though, if they aren’t adding any value to your Twitter timeline then what good are they to you?

Take Action

Twit Cleaner does not include any method of unfollowing users. It simply lists users’ avatar pictures with a small icon in the top left showing whether or not they’re mutual followers (hint: a red arrow means that they are not following you back). You can scroll your mouse over a user to see exactly why they’re listed. After that you can click on their picture and open up their Twitter profile in a new tab (to unfollow).

View potentially garbage Twitter users.It may take some time to go through all of the users. This of course depends on how many are listed in your report. However, you can be sure in the end that it will be very much worth it.

Check Yourself

If you’re interesting in seeing how you appear on other users’ lists, you can click on “How do I look?” in the top navigation bar. Twit Cleaner will show you what category you fit into and why. It will also give you tips for improvements (if needed). Definitely pay attention to this because you don’t want to end up in the wrong category and for the wrong reasons.

For a basic and free tool, Twit Cleaner definitely delivers. If you’re looking to clean up your timeline and go back to the way Twitter used to be (before it became a haven for spammers and sales reps), then you’ll definitely want to spend some time going through your report.


Charnita is a full-time freelance writer and blogger with 3+ years of experience, and also the owner of SocialWebTools.info. She's also an early adopter who loves trying out new social media tools along with Web and iOS (iPad) apps. Feel free to connect with her on Facebook, Twitter and Google+.

7 comments - Leave a reply
  • Posted by Jose Jimenez on 21st May 2011

    I used Twit Cleaner the other day and found it useful. I agree on the followers count and that its about quality rather than a number's game.

    With regard to spam or messages from non followers, I usually check out the sender first before and I don't usually bother with their link when I see what types of tweets they are sending out.

  • Posted by Wedding Favors on 23rd May 2011

    Same here. I read this post and used the twit cleaner and it was really great to know such option to delete unwanted twits.

    Thanks for sharing!

  • Posted by Stephen on 23rd May 2011

    I agree that more and more people are using twitter for just spamming, marketing purposes of link building than actually developing / networking with people. Most companies that use twitter just focus on the numbers game as opposed to developing good quality exchanges between people.

  • Posted by Si Dawson on 24th May 2011

    Awesome article, thank you for writing it Charnita

    The "numbers game" has indeed been getting worse & worse – and the spam/bot situation too, obviously. I'm reassured that sites dedicated to measuring "influence" (klout, etc) are starting to discount people who follow 10's or 100's of thousands, purely for the numbers.. and look at exactly how many of those followers are actually connected & engaging. It's another small step in a better direction. Twitter is not TV! :) Engage, don't blast!

    Si
    (creator of Twit Cleaner)

  • Posted by Car Sales in Norfolk on 26th May 2011

    I've been cleaning my twitter manually for a long time! lol how could I have not searched for a twit cleaner.. Well, thanks for sharing, mate.

  • Posted by RayBrock on 28th May 2011

    Tell everyone you are cleaning up and starting from zero. You don't hate them, you just need to get rid of all the bots, you were a victim of your own eagerness to make friends and followed too many accounts, people forced you at gunpoint, you're saving the trees..
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