Prune your follows: Twitter users who feel their timeline is too cluttered can now de-clutter it using a new tool called “Prune your follows”, as it lets users quickly unfollow accounts they find that are no longer worth following.
San Francisco, Dec 29 (IANS) Twitter users who feel their timeline is too cluttered can now de-clutter it using a new tool called “Prune your follows”, as it lets users quickly unfollow accounts they find that are no longer worth following.
According to TechCrunch, the app shows users the people they follow in largely four categories — Overpopular (most followed), Underpopular (least followed), Overactive (accounts that tweet a lot), and Unactive (accounts that tweet only a few times a year).
Therefore, users can unfollow accounts they deem unworthy to follow. Users can also see all unfollowed accounts from the side menu of the app.
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The tools are made by Norway-based developer Queen Raae, who told TechCrunch over Twitter DM that she built Prune your follows because she was reaching the follow limit on the platform.
“I hit the 5000 followers limit (after almost 16 years on Twitter) and had a hard time finding an account to unfollow. Twitter has only one view of the accounts you follow, with the most recently followed on top. So I got the idea to build something for myself,” she said.
Prune Your Follows is very good, but Twitter enforces its own API limits. Your app can allow 50 unfollows per 15 minutes and a total of 500 unfollows per day. You can click individual profiles to unfollow them on Twitter, even if the app has reached its limit.
Raae said to overcome this limit, she is experimenting with multiple features. One way is to display total counters on your site or stagger access to tools. She’s also looking into a feature that would allow users to add her Twitter account to lists. Later, you can open this list on Twitter and unfollow accounts at once.
She added that early users have demanded that they want to see more filters like the number of interactions with that account and a list of accounts that don’t follow them back. What’s more, Raae said another idea for future development is to introduce a customized filter so users can search for something like “Show me all web3 accounts with less than 3000 followers.”
Some of these issues could easily be resolved by Twitter tweaking their API, but the company led by Elon Musk has already shut down several developer-related initiatives, including the Twitter Toolbox. Earlier this month, Amir Shevat, the former head of the company’s developer platform, wrote an article on his TechCrunch detailing his Twitter situation. According to him, out of a 100-strong team, only two of them are still on Twitter when it comes to developer platforms. So it’s reasonable to expect more rules for the platform than improvements for developers. In short, we recommend using this app whenever possible.