Effective Management Tools For Cleaning Up Twitter Contacts

With thousands of people to follow on Twitter, it’s not very hard to notice how busy your Twitter stream can get. Noise levels rise, and finding quality conversations and links in your Twitter stream can start to become a task similar to finding Big Foot. If you’ve been looking for quick and easy solutions to cleaning your list of friends on Twitter that are only wasting space or adding to the noise levels, I have two great solutions for you.

Twitter Karma

Twitter Karma is my web app of choice to clean my Twitter contact list of of people who aren’t following me back. In fact, it’s on my list of Twitter tools you shouldn’t be using Twitter without. However, on and off performance issues with Twitter Karma always kept me on the look out for something better and more stable. Lately, the service has been up to par.

To recap, Twitter Karma gives you multiple ways of seeing who you’re mutual followers are, who you’re following, and who’s following you. You can also bulk follow and unfollow people thanks to the service. It’s a great timesaver and great for keeping your contact list up-to-date. If you ever wonder if Twitter Karma may be wrong, just head over to DoesFollow to verify whether or not someone is following you.


On the other hand we have MyCleenr. To be quite honest, it doesn’t compare to the functionality of Twitter Karma. However, if you’re just looking for a simple way to delete inactive accounts that you’re following, MyCleenr is the way to go (as long as you’re not following over 700 people). MyCleenr provides you with a simple overview of those that you are following on Twitter and the last time they tweeted. From there you can either click the “delete” button or leave them as a friend. Clicking the delete button will have MyCleenr automatically unfollows them for you. Simple and easy right?


Keeping Your List Clean

idea Unfortunately, automated services to keep things clean aren’t available (yet?). So you’ll have to keep using these services to get the job done. I’d recommend using them once or twice a month depending on the rate at which you attract followers. If you’re an “auto follower” then I’d suggest checking out SocialToo to help keep your friends list free of spammers without you lifting so much as a finger. Read more about SocialToo over at Louis Gray.

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[Twitter Apps] Twitter Ratio and Doesfollow

I’ve recently discovered some more great Twitter apps for your entertainment (and my own).

Twitter Friend-Follower Ratio

First I have Twitter Ratio. Twitter Ratio is petty self-explanatory. You just hand over your Twitter credentials to the service and out pops your twitter ratio. What’s a Twitter Ratio? It’s the ratio of your followers and followings (people who follow you), which are used to determine how noisy, wonderful, or useless you might be on Twitter. The app uses the TFF Ratio method developed by Dave Donaldson. You can read more about his methods twitter ratio methods here.

Twitter Friend-Follower Ratio Scale

Here’s how the TFF scale works:

    • A ratio of less than 1.0 indicates that you are seeking knowledge (and Twitter Friends), but not getting much Twitter Love in return.
    • A ratio of around 1.0 means you are respected among your peers. Either that or you follow your Mom and she follows you.
    • A ratio of 2.0 or above shows that you are a popular person and people want to hear what you have to say. You might be a thought leader in your community.
    • A TFF Ratio 10 or higher indicates that you’re either a Rock Star in your field or you are an elitist and you cannot be bothered by Twitter’s mindless chatter. You like to hear yourself talk. Luckily others like to hear you talk, too. You may be an ass.
    • My Results

      Yesterday they told me I was a genius. Today:


    I’d rather be a leader among everyone and I prefer genius thank you.

      I like this a lot better than what Louis Gray gave me here. Apparently Louis hasn’t realized how important I can be on Twitter too. It’s ok Louis :D.



      If you’re in love with Twitter Karma like I am, Doesfollow is a simpler way to find out if someone is following you. Just enter in your twitter name and the twitter name of the person you’d like to follow and Doesfollow checks Twitter to see if it’s true. I thought I’d check to see if Duncan Riley is following me.


      and I got a big fat:


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