Dear @Jack @ev @biz @dongwang218 @larsonite @TwitterEng! Fix The Twitter Unfollow Bug Already!

Can Someone Fix The Twitter Unfollow Bug? How About Yesterday!

by Stan Faryna

Stan Faryna

“Discovering that Twitter has unfollowed a lot of people for me, including some of my best friends. What the hell?”

- Mark Schaefer (@markwschaefer)
Twitter 3:02 PM – 11 May 12 via HootSuite 

Twitter’s current official position on the Twitter bug is that it does not exist. Twitter no longer acknowledges a bug with unfollows. Previously, the official spin on the Twitter Unfollow Bug was as follows:

Bug alert:

    • Some users have reported follower counts that do not accurately reflect the number of users displayed on the Followers page. This is an ongoing issue we’re working to fix. Your account may update correctly on its own.

Engineers are working hard to resolve the issue listed above. Thanks for your patience!

Fleetwood Mac, Tell Me Lies
The Twitter Unfollow Bug causes your account to automatically unfollow people without you knowing about the unfollow. It could be a dear friend, a business associate, your mother, etc. It has been going on for years, but it has become more active and obvious in the last six months.
Others have written about the Twitter Unfollow Bug:
Coping With Twitter’s Unfollow Bug by Jeremiah Owyang (TechCrunch)

Twitter ‘Unfollow’ Bug Acknowledged by Courteney Palis (Huffington Post)

Are You a Victim of the Dreaded Twitter Unfollow Bug? (Gawker)

Twitter admits ‘unfollowing bug’ by Emma Barnett (The Telegraph)

Theoretically, if 1000 people tweet this blog post title and link, someone at Twitter may notice the Twitter’s sub-genius slacking has become too obvious and that it’s time to roll up the sleeves and get her done.
Theoretically.
 …
Or you can remind Dong Wang (@dongwang218), Brian Larson (@larsonite) and Twitter Engineering (@TwitterEng) with a personal tweet. [grin]

Stan Faryna
11 May 2012
Bucharest, Romania

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8 Responses to Dear @Jack @ev @biz @dongwang218 @larsonite @TwitterEng! Fix The Twitter Unfollow Bug Already!

  1. Word! it has happened to me more than once already???

  2. It is a problem and it has been for a while now.

    • Stan Faryna says:

      I would like to imagine this is a legacy problem of an initially poorly design database structure. But then again, what do I know. [grin] I think we’d all like to see this bug get smacked, however.

  3. I download qwitter so I can see who unfollows me for no other reason than I’m trying to keep count of the people who show up and are gone in a week. However, it will pick up people I know and I don’t even think twice about it; I just chalk it up to twitter bug. I haven’t seen that you have dropped me yet, but rest assured I will call you out if I do…………..:)

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