Free Up Your Time on Twitter With
Auto-Follow and Auto-Unfollow
I’m finding the older I get the less time I have.. and I’m pretty sure I’m not alone.
This is especially so when it comes to social media as more and more tools are being
created both online and on mobile devices.
If you add up all the minutes and hours we spend doing stuff online.. it eventually adds
up to days, weeks.. and even years!
Time is a finite resource and any little thing that can help maximise efficiency, I’m all for.
So here is a time saving tip that you might find useful if you are a Twitterholic..
automating the process of following back new Twitter followers, and unfollowing those
people who unfollow you.
I will say from the outset that this strategy may not be for everyone.
This is especially so for those who have a relatively small following and who personally
know all of their followers.. as well as those who don’t mind vetting everyone who
But for those people whose follower numbers have grown considerably, this may be a
time saving strategy you have been looking.
SocialOomph is a service that provides productivity enhancement services for social
They were formerly known as TweetLater.com which originally focused on Twitter
services only.. but have since broadened their scope to include the users of other social
networking services and re-branded themselves by changing their name to
I have previously written how to Schedule Your Tweets with TweetLater which you may
To get started head over to Social Oomph and register for a new account.
Once you have logged in the first thing you need to do is add your Twitter account.
On the Main Landing Page click on Add New Twitter Account,
Now that you have added your Twitter account, you need to enable auto-follow / auto-
Click on Social Accounts then Manage Accounts,
Here you will notice that I have enabled,
Auto Welcome - automatically send a welcome message to new followers. Just like with
your phone’s answering machine.. one message for everyone.
Any new followers of mine will automatically receive the following welcome message,
Thanks for the follow! Please download my free Twitter Cheat Sheet (PDF)
(Please feel free to download my Twitter Cheat Sheet if you haven’t already done so!)
Auto Follow - anyone who follows me from this point forward, I will automatically follow
them back. All new followers will also receive my automatic welcome message above.
Auto Unfollow - if someone unfollows me from this point forward.. I will automatically
Make sure you click <Save> when you are done.
And that’s it.
So to summarise,
People follow me –> I automatically follow them back –> I also provide each new follower
with an auto welcome message
People unfollow me –> I automatically unfollow them
By setting this up and leaving it, will save you heaps of time when it comes to the
maintenance of your Twitter account.. trust me!
Twitter House Cleaning
You will accrue spam by using this method. It is just a fact of life.
If a spam-bot automatically follows you, then you will automatically follow it back.
Every so often you may want to scan your account for spam.. and block any detected
This is very easily done by following my post on How to Stop Twitter Spam.
I might do this once a month, or ‘on-the-fly’.
Unfollowing Inactive Twitter Users
Some of your followers for whatever reason may not tweet for a long time.. sometimes
Occasionally it is good to clean out inactive twitter users.
Please refer to my post A Dozen Tools to Unfollow Inactive Twitter Users which you may
If you are a power Twitter user, automating auto-follow and auto-unfollow will save you
plenty of time.
Just set and forget.
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