Twitter: How to Unfollow All Followers At Once

June 29, 2010 · 28 comments

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Twitter: How to Unfollow All Followers At Once

UnfollowAll: Because Sometimes You Just Want To Start Over!

 Note: Twitter recently broke the method detailed in this post. You can find another option in this other post: “How To Unfollow Everyone On Twitter“. (Thank twitter for the unfollow headaches.)

twitter birdIn a prior post I talked about how to change your twitter name/ID without losing followers.

In that post I suggested you be sure to re-register your old name so that it remained within your control and could not be used to make you look at while the link may still be in circulation.

What I didn’t do was tell you what to do with the silly thing!

I left my own sitting still attached to my onlywire (so it would not be seen as inactive by twitter and taken away) and still doing automatic follow-backs of anyone that followed me (socialoomph free tool).

Because I forgot to remove the follow-back, it meant that some folks found me normally, and some of my old lists still RTd that account, but that for the most part it became a spam-trap.

If this had been just an intermediate account, such as my @Ask_KimC was, I would simply delete it at this point, as I’ve had time to get most of the links that were out and pointed to it changed (a good reason to use a subdomain redirect!)… but this was my profile name on quite a few sites!

So it was time to clean it up and lock it down. This involved deleting all the DMs on the account, unfollowing everyone, and then putting TrueTwit in place to “babysit” it for me.

Regardless of the reason, sometimes you just want to know how to unfollow all people on Twitter!

To make quick work of unfollowing everyone (about 600 people) I grabbed a free utility called “UnfollowAll” that worked like a charm.

Seriously simple – log in to twitter through its interface – and it will unfollow everyone. Be warned there is NOT reversing this and there are no intermediate confirmation steps. (If you have more than 800 followers you may need to do this more than once.)

It rather quickly confirmed it was done and over the next 30 or so minutes I watched the “following” number slowly fall. That’s it. Super simple.

This is another one of those tools that – you don’t need it till you NEED it! Hopefully now you know where to look… when you need to unfollow all followers on twitter at once… and that I have had success with this one

Share it and give me a shout out and let me know what you think!
Kimberly

PS: Because this does not connect with OAuth there is a very very good chance it will cease working in the near future unless it receives and update.

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Peter Fuller MBA June 29, 2010 at 7:56 am

Hey Kimberly

When I first saw the title of your post I was thinking that would be a desperate thing to do, unfollow everyone :)

Now I know why.

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Sumit Sharma April 29, 2013 at 12:21 pm

First of all Thanks Kimfor awesome article two day before i clean up my Twitter account and now i am going to add people belong to my niche. @Peter sir you are right same thing i was thinking :) :)

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Donna Merrill June 29, 2010 at 10:06 pm

Another bookmark for me!!! Thanks so much for keeping us posted on the latest and greatest.
You make things so simple for me to learn. This is great to know with all the crazy changes going on in the cyber world.
I loved this post because it CAN get crazy out there. I don’t need it yet but I have a feeling I will soon.
Thanks Kimberly
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Kimberly Castleberry June 30, 2010 at 4:50 pm

Yay! Glad you liked it! Yes it can – and it can get easy to set something like twitter up on auto-follow early, and ignore it while we’re developing our central hub, and then come back to a headache! I wish all headaches were this easy of a fix!
Kimberly

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David Merrill June 29, 2010 at 10:48 pm

I don’t know where I’d ever learn these things if you weren’t out here doing the great work you do, Kimberly.

You are truly a treasure of resourcefulness… and an incredible techno-diva! Your blog is one the most essential ones I’ve come across. Will be back…
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Kimberly Castleberry June 30, 2010 at 4:52 pm

Awww David! Thank you! I hope one of these days when people have a tech question, the first place they turn is the search box on my blog! (Or at least add me to Google Reader before they search Google so I show up in the blog links!)

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Udegbunam Chukwudi July 2, 2010 at 8:25 am

The only time I’ve had to unfollow all my twitter friends was when my facebook account was hacked and I started getting spammy direct messages.

Refollowing authentic friends wasn’t difficult as I had a backup of them all ;-)

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Kevin Tan August 9, 2010 at 11:07 pm

I actually had a few errors the first couple of times I ran this Kim. After a third try though, it said it got rid of a little under a thousand people. Hopefully I can start from scratch again and follow some valuable people this time around…no auto follows

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d3so September 4, 2010 at 1:50 am

It stopped working. I don’t know whether it’s due to a Twitter update ornifnthe owner changed the code.
Do u know any alternatives that unfollow all?

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Sarah November 22, 2010 at 9:18 am

Hi Kimberly:
Nice article: nice to read! Just got a question: hope you can help me out..
all does not work anymore….!!! but it still says “Unfollowing complete! people were unfollowed.” but nothing happens! Does anyone knows what other option I have to unfollow all at once???

thanks!
Sarah
(Amsterdam)

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Asif January 10, 2011 at 4:14 am

@Sarah,
No Application will work for the bulk unfollow as it is against the user policies of twitter. All the developer have been asked to remove the select all/ bulk action function from their application.
The only option you have is, unfollow manually.
Thanks!

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Kimberly Castleberry January 11, 2011 at 1:47 am

Yes, unfortunately they recently “broke” that portion of what tools can do, intentionally. It USED to work but has been removed and applications that did not stop attempting it were threatened with having their entire access removed. Thanks Asif!
Kim

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seph from bulk email marketing January 24, 2011 at 11:28 pm

I started off with Twitter the same way and I was following everyone who followed me. Finally I just lost interest in the account. I think I need to do this same exercise.

Thanks for the resources. I’ll follow you again.Good luck!

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Sultan May 6, 2011 at 7:03 am

sorry , !

but i don’t know why it dose not work

any one can help me =)

i wrote ma name and ma pass and it said complet

but when i get back to twitter , no one has been deleted !!!

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Dennis Estrada May 25, 2011 at 11:29 pm

I just want to unfollow a bunch not all. Is that possible? I do not really want to start over again. Please let me know. Thanks in advance.

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Joh J Addams May 29, 2011 at 1:52 am

Fake and gey ! Not working bastards !

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Moodle June 29, 2011 at 9:20 pm

Thanks for the pointers about unfollowing. A very useful article.

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Anonymous September 6, 2011 at 1:07 am

UnfollowAll doesn’t work anymore.. at least when I tried it. I settled for the free version of TweetAttacks.

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Christopher Ryan December 20, 2011 at 12:24 am

Hi Kim,

I know this is an old post – but if someone is still looking for a solution (as I was when I came across your post!) then I thought it would be worth mentioning that UnfollowAll.com is still online but doesn’t seem to work anymore just as you foresaw. JustUnfollow.com will allow the removal of 50 followers per day, so it may take a while for some but it is better than manually removing! : )

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aneesprince April 21, 2012 at 1:14 am

damn it’s not working, all the time same result come

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Itisfake August 20, 2012 at 7:15 am

guys, its fake, its not working. all the time same result comes, kim just wants to hack our id’s, looooool

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Kim Castleberry August 20, 2012 at 7:17 am

Of course I do, which is why I politely had added a memo at the top of the post in bright yellow telling you that this method was no longer working. Its okay, I only want the IDs of people that don’t read memos LOL ;) j/k
Kim

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Andrea Comia October 5, 2012 at 11:50 pm

This UNFOLLOWALL thing is GREAT, Kimberly! :) Keep on spreading the site. Because some of everybody is trying hard of unfollowing back all! So Spread it :) Thank you UNFOLLOWALL and KIMBERLY :)

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ashish October 7, 2012 at 12:41 pm

Hey kim
I read your article and found the same app that you showed in your post. But i think it is not working for me . When i put my USer and Pass. It just say unfollow complete but on profile following were remain same .

What should i do ?

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Kim Castleberry October 7, 2012 at 11:34 pm

Hey Ashish, seems like you may have missed the bright yellow note near the top that says that this particular application no longer is functional.
Kim

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ashish October 8, 2012 at 9:43 pm

Hey Kim
After some time a noticed that , nd i was like what the heck ? ? ? ? ?
So there is no such application for that ? :( Seems like i have to unfollow all of them by my self one by one . Thanks any way

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Kim Castleberry October 9, 2012 at 10:48 pm

There’s a great paid application. Again mentioned in the yellow box above. Yes, all of the free apps are gone at this point.
Kim

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ashish October 10, 2012 at 8:09 am

Hey kim, U know what i decided to get rid of the following persons so i start to unfollow them one by one and now i removed everyone .

Thanks & Regards
Ashish kumar :) :)
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