If you have been on twitter for a while like I have; you will start wondering if all the accounts that you have been following are real or active.  You will want a tool that enables you to find out more about your audience and the accounts you follow and tell you whose doing what.  You do have Twitter analytics which will show you your most important metrics (analytics.twitter.com).  But there is always a need for more in-depth analysis of your audience and followings.

This is where you need another tool besides Twitter analytics.  There are many tools online that can analyse your Twitter followers; below I will discuss a tool which I recently used.  The tool is called ManageFlitter.  You can try the free account at manageflitter.com/try/UFWpW4oK.   Just keep in mind your free account has a few restrictions; of instance how many unfollows you can do in an hour for example.

What features does ManageFlitter have?

ManageFlitter has several features like PowerPost (timing posts for you on twitter), analytics (in-depth analytics to supplement analytics on twitter), Unfollow (the most important feature for myself), Follow (you can search people that follow certain accounts) and Search (you can search for followers). See here for more manageflitter.com/try/UFWpW4oK/features.

The amazing Unfollow manager

This is the most important feature that all of us look out for. We all seek out accounts that simple are hanging around and are not interacting with your account.  These accounts tend to be old, inactive, quiet, spammy and with a bad following ratio.  That is where Manageflitter makes it easy for you to find the fakes – let me show you around.

Log into you account and go to Manage.  Logging in might require you to link to your Twitter account. Then you will see the following options under Manage:

  • Not following back – these are accounts that are simply not following you back.  See if any of these are personal or irrelevant accounts which don’t add value to your feed.  Unfollow only the ones that are not very useful to you.
  • No profile image – These tend to be accounts where users have not completed their profiles.  These could be less engaging or spam accounts.   I would say that most of these accounts you could unfollow.
  • Non-english – accounts in other languages are not bad overall but if they are not speaking the same language then the chances are they will not engage you much.  So if you are blogging in English you might not want to follow non-english blogs because your audience will not understand the other language.
  • Inactive – These users have not tweeted in 30 days.  I found some accounts have not tweeted in years.  I simply unfollow anybody that is not active on twitter in the past few months (set your own deadline date here).  These accounts simply will not engage you in the near future if they are not active on Twitter.

Other features include;

  • Fake (spam) – anyone that follows you or you are following; that is very quiet on Twitter, not following back, is inactive recently, and has a high (bad) following ratio.
  • Following ratio – this ratio is the calculation of followers/following ratio.  The higher the ratio the worse value of the account.  A high ration means that they are not followed by many others on Twitter.
  • Talkative/Quiet – here you will see how active the account that you follow or follow you back are…
  • Influence – you can see the accounts that verified and popular.  These accounts might be of interest to you since they are the right kind of accounts to follow and interact with.

Other more advanced features are paid for.  Have a look at the plans you can choose.  In the meanwhile simple go through the option available a see what you can find.

Search more users on ManageFlitter

Here you can simply do Twitter wide searches of different accounts and see in more detail all about those accounts.  You can follow users that have good influence and are active – and you can see even more about any account here too.  You can therefore avoid spammy or fake accounts; or accounts which have very low following ratios.

You will see that you can sort your search by criteria like followers & following ratios and tweets per day; and you can follow those that have great accounts and avoid those who are not active on Twitter.

ManageFlitter has Analytics features

Unfortunately on ManageFlitter you need to have a paid subscription in order to access analytics.  Simply use Twitter analytics in the meanwhile (analytics.twitter.com).

Engage with PowerPost

Under Engagement you post tweets under something called PowerPost.  This PowerPost is an system that lets the you determine when the best time for your tweet is.  In other words it looks when your followers are active and lets you know when to schedule the post.

Get the access to ManageFlitter

To access the full features of ManageFlitter; simply follow the link to a plan here.  Sign up for a free account with the features above; click here.

Analyse your Twitter first

Before starting to clean up your account you need to do a quick analysis of your account; so that you have a way to determine if certain indicators are improving in your Twitter account after you do some cleaning up.  I used the free tool provided at https://foller.me/ to analyse my twitter account (it is also great for analysing your competitors’ Twitter account too).  I took note of all the indicators that I need to improve my Twitter account and over the next few weeks I will keep on clearing all the inactive and spammy accounts.  I could improve indicators like the followers ratio, reply to my tweets, re-tweets and so on.  I will see where how I can improve. Below is the screen grab of the analysis.

One indicators that I found in my analysis is that my follower indicator is 0.24 followers/following ratio; which is too low.  This is the result of me following other people’s accounts but not too many people follow me back. I need to clear the spam and I need to attract more followers to my account.

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