Ways to Get Unfollowed From Twitter

Unfollow from Twitter

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[Fig. 4] Twiter bird aiming to unfollow people. Provided by fiverr.com

Have you ever wondered why someone randomly unfollowed you from Twitter? You think back yourself and wonder what may have been the cause. You definitely were not mean to them and you didn’t unfollow them, so you sit around and wonder what could have been the cause.

Dr. Stephanie Sarkis, Ph.D. from Psychology Today writes in her article, The 3 Reasons Why People Unfollow You on Twitter gives us readers some insight on what the cause may have been. The author points out the three elements and defines the reasons as:

  • You tweet too much
  • You tweet about boring topics
  • You give mundane details about your life

In her opinion, these are the top three ways to get unfollowed from twitter. I know you’re thinking, could that be true? Do I really tweet too much, possibly about boring topics, and my post could be mundane? Yes, and it’s simple and is something that happens to a large majority of twitter users especially the newly obsessed.

So, you tweet too much…

Posting every minute about something can be a little much to your followers. Even the celebrities who are paid to tweet about their lives don’t even tweet every chance they get. When something really exciting happens you don’t have to tweet every single detail. Let your followers have a break and give yourself one too. Imagine if someone on your timeline constantly tweeted every minute. I’m sure you would unfollow them too.

You tweet about boring topics…

Tweet about things that are exciting in your life. But then again, don’t go on and post about extremely inappropriate topics, no matter how exciting they may seem. Just don’t sit around all day and tweet about the same show or a bowl of oatmeal as Sarkis explains. Give your followers something to read.

You give mundane details about your life…

Telling us when you’re awake, what you had for breakfast, how you need to go to the grocery store, etc are all very mundane details that no one cares to hear about. Your followers do not need to know every single detail about your day to day routine. Add a little mystery into your life.

“Now if you were going to the grocery store to buy milk and there was a grizzly bear checking out at the register, that is something to tweet about.  Maybe he’s buying milk too.” – Psychology Today, The 3 Reasons Why People Unfollow You on Twitter

Now you have the reasons as to why people unfollow you on Twitter. Check out your feed and see if you have anything that sounds similar to this list. If so, liven it up a bit. But remember keep it appropriate. (Sarkis, “The 3 Reasons Why People Unfollow You From Twitter”)

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Safetyweb.com provides a handful of safety tips and information for both parents and teens on Social Networking and how to stay safe.

10 Tips to Stay Safe Online

[Video 3] 10 tips to stay safe online. Provided by cdowcym on youtube.com

This video discusses the importance of online safety and how to protect yourself. This video emphasizes 9 points. Of them include:

  • Social Network with Caution
  • Watch what you post
  • Look out for “creepers”
  • Google yourself
  • Shop Safely
  • Read the fine print
  • Guard your laptop
  • Protect your password
  • Avoid getting scammed via email

(Cdowcym, “10 Tips To Stay Safe Online for Teens”)

“Don’t say anything online that you wouldn’t want plastered on a billboard with your face on it.” – Erin Bury, Sprouter community manager

Seven Sins of Facebook

Facebook Jealousy

[Fig 3] The seven sins of Facebook, Jealousy. provided by whattoseeinseville.com

Susan Krauss Whitbourne, Ph.D from Psychology Today wrote an article titled; Protect Yourself from the Seven Sins of Facebook. In her article, Krauss Whitbourne discusses the most common faults that users face. Its nothing uncommon, if anything it is extremely familiar to all of us. The best thing you can do is address it and know where to change.

Below are the seven sins extracted from Krauss’ work. To get a full length description of each, visit here.

Sin #1: Facebook Jealousy

Sin #2: Fear of Missing Out (FOMO)

Sin #3: Facebook One-Upsmanship

Sin #4: Too Much Information (TMI)

Sin #5: Oversharing Status Updates

Sin #6: Facebook regret

Sin #7: Actual and dangerous neglect or harm

Now that we have the seven deadly sins of Facebook covered, now all you need to do is sit and evaluate your presence on the social media sites you have. Do you think you represent yourself in a positive or negative way? Do think you that the content on your Facebook would allow you receive a job? And even, do you think your parents would approve of your page?

Though Krauss Whitbourne’s article is directly targeted to Facebook, these methods can be used across multiple social media platforms such as Twitter or Tumblr. Studies show that sites like Twitter are now checked 53% of the time by potential employers. I’m not trying to scare you but instead educate you so later on in life you don’t have to face the woes of rejection because you carelessly expressed something so petty like Facebook jealousy. (Krauss Whitbourne, “Protect Yourself From the Seven Sins of Facebook”)

Think About Your Privacy

[Video 2] Think about your privacy provided by Milen575 on youtube.com

In this video, Milen575 discusses privacy issues on social networks. He decided to create this video after realizing several of his friends completely abandoned safety and privacy concerns. In his video description Milen states,

“…it is important for you to think about your privacy and the information you are sharing online. You may not even realize you are sharing information when on a social network.

There are more aspects to privacy and safety than I can address in a simple video, but some discussion about these issues is important. Maybe you will see social networking and your safety in a whole new light.” (Milen575, “How to Think About Privacy and Safety When Using Social Networks”)

Learn all about what you can do to protect yourself and your privacy. But in order to do so it is up to you to change your habits first! Do you think your profile is secure enough? What do you think you can do to enhance it?

Think Before You Tweet!

Twitter Graphics

 [Fig 2] I Tweet! Follow Me, Twitter Icon by randaclay.com

Have you ever had the urge to send out a tweet that you probably shouldn’t have…but you did it anyway? If you’re like most active users on Twitter, I’m sure it has happened. But before you do it, stop yourself! You never know who may be reading your posts. I’m not just talking about your friends or families, but one day when you go to apply for College, Graduate School, Med School, Law School, or even a real world job, someone of importance will be reading what you said. Even if you did post it 4 years ago.

According to this infographic by reppler.com over 90% of employers have admitted to checking social networking sites.

Psychology Today provides some useful tips on what to think about before you decide to post. In their article, Hit Send, No Wait: The dangers of a hyper-personal online life by Tristan Gorrindo, M.D. they use the acronym WAIT as a helpful way for you to stop and think before you send out that post that may hurt your future. (Gorrindo, “Hit Send, no Wait: The dangers of a hyper-personal online life”)

  • W- Wide audience 
    • “W” asks the question: Would I say this in front of a school assembly?
  • A- Affect
    • “A” asks the question: Am I in a good emotional place right now?
  • I- Intent
    • “I” asks the question: Might my intent be misunderstood?
  • T- Today
    • …Tomorrow, or the next day? “T” asks the question: Can this wait a day?

So next time when you decide to tweet, WAIT and think about it!

Deleted Facebook Photos Still Out There

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[Fig 1.] What were you thinking provided by activerain.com

Back when we thought websites like MySpace and Facebook were harmless we used to just post everything that came to mind without a second thought. Recently, the world realized that wasn’t the case. Users quickly began blocking profiles, untagging, and deleting photos. You know, those photos. For those of you who have been in this situation, don’t sit still yet because studies show that these photos are stillout there.

West Virginia University’s Office of Information Technology recently shared with us a Blog post that focused on the issue of Facebook. Their post, Deleted Facebook Photos Still Available  (West Virginia University OIT, “Deleted Facebook Photos Still Available”) discusses a study that was conducted in 2009 and once again in 2011 by ARS Technica who recognized a flaw in the companies system.

They noticed that when users immediately deleted certain content from their site, such as photos, this content was still available via direct link. ARS even found that in some cases, Facebook had photos still on their servers for over 3 years. The problem is currently being worked on but that is also what the company said back in 2009.

The lesson of today is, watch what you post because you never know. It can still be out there to haunt you.

Social Networking TIPS

[Video 1] Social Networking Tips provided by Netsmartz.org

NetSmartz Workshop presents, “Social Networking Tips”. May 2008., a program of the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children provides us with this informative video, which promotes good behavior when using social networking sites. Some of the points highlighted in this video include privacy controls and appropriate posts.