We’ve all been in the situation where we are scrolling through our Instagram, Twitter or Facebook feed and see our timeline filled with annoying or uncomfortable posts from someone we follow. If it happens once, fine. Maybe that person just had to vent or clear their mind for a little bit. If it keeps happening though, you might consider taking more serious action. That unfollow button just keeps getting more and more tempting until, finally, you press it and rid yourself of those retched posts. No harm done right? You no longer have to see that person’s posts, and they never have to know you unfollowed them. That seems like a win-win to at first, but it may not be as simple as that.
This past week, Twitter users encountered a bug that alerts someone when you unfollow them. The message does not say “User 1 has unfollowed User 2,” rather it says, “User 1 started following User 2.” So, if you get a notification that someone has recently started following you on Twitter, you may want to take a closer look at the notification to see if it is actually an ‘unfollow’ message. Twitter, as you would expect, is working hard to make sure this bug gets fixed immediately, but for the time being you should be wary of unfollowing another Twitter user.
How about if the roles were reversed, though. What if you’re posting content, that you deem ‘top notch,’ on a social media platform, but one of your followers gets tired of your posts? They decide to unfollow you, and you see that your follower count is down, but you never know which user it was. Luckily, there are plenty of apps and websites that can, like the Twitter bug, give users notifications of who is following and unfollowing them. These third-party tools exist for popular social media platforms like Instagram and Twitter, so users are able to monitor their following very closely. It’s probably a much better bet to use these kinds of websites to tell you who is unfollowing you rather than relying on a Twitter bug.