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One Tweet three Qwitters


QWITTERI signed up recently to QWITTER , this service tells about people that stopped following me on Twitter. I had doubt about the value of this tool but since it was easy to use I gave it a try. Getting on-board only require your Twitter user name and email for sending you the notifications.The first couple of days I got one or two messages that looks like that:

Hi, kerendg.
<Twitter user name> – stopped following you on Twitter after you posted this tweet:
<my tweet>

Check out <Twitter user name> profile here:
http://twitter.com/<Twitter user name>


I could not find any logical connection between my innocent tweet and this person abandoning my Twittership.

Anyway, few more days passed and on the election day I was monitoring closely the tags on TwitScoop. At some point I notice the word Miracle on the screen. I clicked to check what conversations on Twitter mentioned this word and in what context.

Well, the conversation where basically saying that John McCain will need  a miracle to win this election.

So I sent a Tweet about this tag….

The following day I got three Qwitter messages that looks like this.

Hi, kerendg.
<Twitter user name> stopped following you on Twitter after you posted this tweet:
my tweet about TwitScoop capturing the MIRACLE tag <the TwitScoop tag>

Check out <Twitter user name> profile here:
http://twitter.com/<Twitter user name>

OK, now I can see some connection. I can assume that these followers were not too happy with the election results. I can assume that they assume from my Tweet that I’m favoring one party over another. By the way I did not vote in this election (I have to wait few more years to become an American citizen first) and I can’t say that I formed a rock solid opinion yet.

A wise friend once told me that if something happened once it is a fluke, if it happened twice it is a coincidence but if it happens three times then it is a system (or a pattern in my geeky world).

What can we learn from this example:

  1. If there are more than one followers that un-follow you after a tweet then there is a chance for causality association between the tweet and the reaction.
  2. If this works on the negative way there is a high chance that it will work in the positive direction too. Why only look for connections between poor tweets and people that stop following you. For a single twitter user it is easy to find what he said or did that won him a bunch of new followers. Yet, if QWITTER could tell me what others are doing that suddenly adds to their Twitter followers count I might learn a thing or two. 
  3. Finally: It may not be my assumed political opinions that cost me three followers, it could be my insensitivity, sending this tweet in such troubled time for supporters of the other party was probably a poor social media action. I think that I’ve actually learned something from this service.

Your thoughts.

  1. November 8, 2008 at 5:52 pm

    I use Qwitter just for the fun of seeing who quits me and for what reasons.

    While I’m not particularly bothered about being un-followed, I do feel it’s a sad indictment if people are un-following due to your political stance (as long as it’s not in your face rhetoric, obviously).

    The way I look at it, I probably wouldn’t have connected with that person anyways… 😉

  2. November 8, 2008 at 6:04 pm

    I’ve experienced the same phenomenon with getting 3 (or more) un-follows after a specific tweet. It’s hard to pinpoint just why people un-follow, but I find it quite fascinating what tweets make people un-follow. I do agree that when it happens in 3’s, there’s definitely something about the tweet, and not just that they were cleaning up their following list. One thing I do find, however, is that of all the people (so far) that have un-followed me, I wasn’t following a one of them.

  3. Keren Dagan
    November 8, 2008 at 6:52 pm

    @Danny – Thanks for your comments. I’m not happy that people stop following me no matter what the reason is, but this post is not about me or them. I wanted to point out that there is value using this QWITTER and maybe there are more potential use cases out there for monitoring followers activities.

    @Kari Thanks for your comments. I usually follow any real twitter account that follow me so I was following them. Btw, I like your blog.

  4. Ali Davut
    November 16, 2008 at 8:07 pm

    its great, thank u very much 🙂

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