Twitter Corrects Follower & Following Counts

Numbers plummet as a result of the cleanup

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Recently, Twitter announced that they were cleaning out spammers and addressing "data inconsistencies". What does this mean for you, the Twitter user? You might see a significant drop in your following and follower numbers.

Did your Twitter follower count take a hit from this cleanup? Tell us.

Below you can see my modest counts pre-cleanup and post-cleanup. By the looks of it, I had 40 spam Twitter accounts following me. Excuse me while I go wash my hands:

@jmuncy Twitter Counts

Here is the full details from Status.Twitter:

"For some time, the follower and following counts we display have been incorrect for some folks. We’re soon to push a change that will address this issue. This means that the count you see in your sidebar should match what you see on your follower and following pages.

However, a consequence of this change is that follower counts will drop for some people. In particular, those with large followings may see significant changes as we correct for spam accounts and data inconsistencies. No legitimate followings should be affected—we’re just cleaning up artifacts in the system."

Did you have a big drop with your Twitter account? Let us know.

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  • http://www.internetmarketingtip.us/ Susan

    While on Twitter last night I noticed my follower counts dropped on both my accounts.

  • http://www.twitter.com/TheLaurenYouLov TheLaurenYouLov

    I dropped from 116 to 75.

  • KiaraKiki

    i had 87 now i have 45

  • Derek

    My follower went down 82. FML.

  • @itkelsey

    I lost 74 followers i had 300 yesterday and now i only have 226! ugh.

  • http://twitter.com/lolulopez lolulopez

    I lost 20 followers !

  • Guest

    I lost about 100 followers with that

  • Kerrabear

    I lost about 60 or so. was a real shocker this morning

  • @kiingshalom

    i lost ova 100…i waz up to 900 sumthin’an dropped to 775…wow

  • http://www.summermetromemories.blogspot.com Tracy

    haha, i lost 50+ followers. I thought i was THAT boring.

  • Guest

    I lost 30+ followers.. and from 27 following, there are 127 people im following in a sudden.. ..!!

  • Mr. Glass

    I lost 78 effing followers, my ego is shattered.

  • Tiffany Doughty

    I lost 81. :(

  • Guest

    I lost about 35, I think… but then I did suspect a bunch were spammer types. Doesn’t include the XXX rated people who tried to follow me whom I banned. Oh well, no biggie.

  • ScriptedChaos

    I lost over 100 yet I still see “suspicious followers. I think it stopped me from following some legit accts too. How did this happen?

  • http://twitter.com/home nansen

    I lost a few hundred last night, but earlier- last week… i lost about 4K during a cleanout. They are getting things cleaned up!

    • Jeremy Muncy


      That’s a lot of spammy followers.

      Jeremy Muncy
      Follow me on Twitter twitter.com/jmuncy”>@jmuncy

    • Susan Coppersmith

      I didn’t lose any this time around but I did lose some last week. The good thing about it is your really losing nothing…. Just a number drop, Who’s counting :)

      See you on Twitter – http://twitter.com/suecoppersmith

      Susan Coppersmith
      Director of Sales iEntry, Inc

  • http://www.twitter.com/jono_unltd jono

    i lost 52 followers.

  • Joseph

    I also lost 40+ and had no idea until I read this ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Thanks for the post

  • http://www.twadder.com Jeremy Morgan

    I had over 8,000 followers, now I’m down to 7,752. Not as bad as I would figure, but still quite a few!

  • http://people.bu.edu/nickg/ Nick Gagalis

    I didn’t lose any followers on my personal account, but the team I broadcast and tweet for, the Brewster Whitecaps (@CrashtheBeach) lost about 30 followers (out of about 400).

  • http://www.webdevforumz.com/ Web Design Forums

    I lost around 30 odd, typical, rather annoyed about it too.

  • http://www.easymoneycentral.com Splinterbiz

    I wouldn’t complain that they cleaned up, though I was not expecting it either. I lost around 100 followers, but it is pretty easy to build your followers list these days, using (legit) semi-automated tools.

    I first noticed about this when reading a tech news site. The article author was using big words and hysterical claims about Twitter going to die any day now. Yawn! ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Twitter won’t last forever. However, I am certain it leads to a new generation with new and improved, specialized mini blogging platforms. I find it fascinating to see how such innocent tools so suddenly change the way people all over the world communicate online, even if they are not famous actors.

    So far, I have only used Twitter for getting a few more visitors to my blog when I post something new, but it’s a mess right now and I’m not even sure whether I want visitors until I clean it up and find a true path to enlightenment.

    Go Twitter!

  • Guest

    I have received over 300 emails from Twitter Support about my Follow Limits. at the time I was following over 2000 and had less that 2000 followers… I have reviewed all I am Following, and unfollowed most who were not following me… Now more people follow me than I Follow………I wish the Follow Limits emails would stop! These emails started in June.. it is almost August.

    • Guest

      Additional information on the above comment:
      The 300 emails concerned 2 Twitter Accounts, both followed more than were followed.

  • http://travelingaustralia.blogspot.com Guest

    I have also lost some followers recently. but i had a ratio of following and follower is almost 2:1. but today i have defollowed over 500 peoples who r not follow me.

  • http://www.abcfreeads.com venkat

    I dropped from 455 to 375.

  • Helen Boyce

    Hi , I have lost about 35 followers and I know for a fact that a lot of them were not spam , I have also had at least 5 new followers not added to my twitter account .

  • http://meerdaneenwebsite.nl Paula

    After the cleanup, I ‘lost’ about 80 on 475 followers, but tha’t’s ok if they were spammers indeed. That is just what I am not so sure of.

    Although I have not found anyone missing yet (as it is also more quiet due to the holiday season) I would appreciate it as an extra service, if we could, let’s say for a week, see which names have been removed, so that we can check if not any honest accounts are missing.

    Could that be an option for the next clean up?

  • Guest


    Is it that important to a persons self confidence that they might measure their value to society by the number of followers that they have.

    There are far greater issues out there to be solved and if people spent HALF their time that is devoted to Twitter to improving the life of someone (it can be just one) then we would be on our way to solving a lot of the problems that we all face together globally.

    • http://www.PlanetThoughts.org David – green thoughts

      I like what you wrote. The virtual stuff is OK, but it can really get out of balance. Then you have millions of people all swirling around each other in an unreal world of words, while the real world continues on its path, which at this moment is not a path that looks very promising.

  • http://www.freeadlists.com freeadlists

    I lost about 30-40 automated account users that were following me — it’s no big deal b/c I was trying to block them anyway.

  • http://www.metamorphosys.info Guest

    I lost almost all followers. I just startet to twitter and had 9 followers or so and i wonder how anybody could follow me as noone of them seems to know me or anything about me. Now i have just 1 follower left (the girl I know and the ollyone I also follow). So it seems the cleanup was accurate, as the followers who seems to follow anybody (for which reason ever – its a miracle to me anyhow, why anybody should be interested in what I am doing right now (sitting and writing comments in a blog or so?) or writing there (“It takes a long time to understan nothing!”) … strange…

  • http://www.bdv-unix-skills.co.uk Vince Stevenson

    I’ve seen a drop in numbers recently. I’m not too worried about that so long as my regular Twitter friends, those with whom I speak to often are still engaging with me. Rgds Vince

  • http://web-workathome.com Bill Masson

    Lost a hundred from over 2000, this has to be done to clear the dead wood. Its better than being suspended, believe me.

  • http://www.thinkrivera.net John Rivera

    I arrived at Twitter with eyes wide open, using it as a social networking tool. I ignored the Twitter “etiquette” and chose to only follow people who seemed above board. I ignored followers who didn’t have a real name or photo or seemed to be selling something outside of my circle of interests, ie, iPod apps. Porn spammers are another of the violators.

    I rather have a list of a few solid followers rather than a list of thousands. Most of the latter listings are spammers and of no use to anyone.

  • http://richardmclaughlin.biz McLaughlin

    I don’t pay attention to how many followers I have on a regular basis, but I did drop from 37,000 to 33,600. Impressive how may spammers are out there.

    • Guest

      How do you have time for the rest of your life? If there is any?

    • Guest

      What is your secret. I’m still trying to wrap my head around the purpose of twitter, maybe then I can figure out the secret to getting that many followers.

  • Guest

    Who cares about how many followers or following you have/do???
    It’s a social networking site, you want to deal with people you share passions with. At first I followed anyone closely related to what I do but, later as I saw the spam; selling techniques, I started weeding them out!
    It’s not a Nielsen rating of your on line social status, OK, for Britney Spears it is!!!

    • http://www.loscuadernosdejulia.com/ Julia

      The problem is, in Digital Marketing world your SocNet status increasingly accounts for your “authority”. It’s OK if you’re not and/or don’t want to be. But you cannot expect to be influential unless you have the powerful voice. The power of the voice, however, is also built up by your followers. I agree that on all SocNets and in Social Media you should rather strive to find people with whom you share interests and passions. But if you want to be quoted, taken into account, etc., then the game is different.

  • http://northwestcarp.blogspot.com/ North West Carp

    I only lost 3 or 4 followers, mind you I haven’t got that many anyway…lol

  • http://threads.ecrater.com Threads Romantic Vintage Woodstock Revival Wear

    I heard someone talking about this, but I guess I just don’t keep track of followers. I just follow people who are nice! lol ๐Ÿ˜€

  • http://theartofrandomwillynillyness.blogspot.com Carolyn

    I lost about 300+ followers but if they were just spammers and bad accounts, I am okay with that. I rather have real followers.

  • http://www.heather.hotpinkflamingo.net Heather

    Good! Sounds like they’re finally working on putting a stop to all the spam “followers”. I get a few new followers a day, and I know that they don’t know me personally, or care in any way about what I have to say. They just want their links out there. Annoying.
    I hardly ever use Twitter anyway; it’s pretty much a pointless fad.

  • http://www.downlinedoubler.com Rebecca

    My follower count is down too, but I spent a good portion of Friday unfollowing people anyway. So I’m not sure how many were lost due to myself or Twitter I had too many spammers following me and too much unrelated content! My twitter account is all about my site members and their needs….not some social climbing thing!

    It’s a good thing for Twitter to clean out the garbage! Duplicate accounts, etc takes up too much bandwidth! LOL

    Have a great day everyone…..tweet you later! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • http://AlabamaLocalAdLink.info Scott McCollum

    The day prior to this I sent out info on social media via twitter
    It was all content but the next day I noticed I lost about 40 followers
    and I have been trying to figure out why i lost followers so this explains
    it. I was wondering if it was something I sent out that caused it.
    Now it makes sense.


  • http://www.PalmBeachEtiquette.com Sherry Thomas

    I thought I was losing my mind! I watched as I lost about a dozen followers and began to wonder what was happening. Thanks for the notice. Twitter @EtiquetteQueen.

  • http://www.spiritualhospitalitycoach.com Hospitable Coach

    Yes, I DID see a drop in followers (about 40) and I wondered why. I went from 870+ to 833 almost overnight. I thought it was because I had not been posting much recently and figured some people had dropped me because of that.

    I’m glad to see that the drop was because of Twitter adjustments.

    If the 40 who were gone were spam accounts, I’m glad they’re gone :)

  • http://www.walkupright.com Allison

    I’m a little frustrated that some people seem to think that Twitter is just a numbers game. It’s not a competition to see who can get the most followers, unless you’re Ashton Kutcher I guess.
    Think about the VALUE of Twitter, and the purpose. It’s for communication, not spam. If you’re going to effectively communicate WITH people, then how can you possibly have thousands of followers and get something valuable from it? Your TweetDeck would be scrolling by so fast you’d miss a majority of the information. And if you just went to your Twitter stream on their site, you’d miss a huge chunk of tweets every time you refresh. When I see a user with a ton of followers, I automatically assume that they probably won’t ever read my tweets, nor do they care.
    If you think of Twitter as a place to connect with people, have valuable discussions, and learn something, then you want to connect with experts in your industry, right? But after all, how many experts in an industry can there be? After a certain number of followers, everything is just noise and retweets of a few key people’s information. Follow those key people and cut out the noise.
    Personally, I feel that there’s a sweet spot for the number of Twitter users, and it certainly depends on the industry and your purpose for using Twitter.
    I’m not saying that there is NO reason to try and get as many followers as possible because ultimately, if you have something to say, you’ll want to reach as many people as possible. But would you rather be lost in a sea of fast scrolling tweets that will probably get missed, or would you rather BE an expert or at least have an expert (or even a few experts) acknowledge something you said and then RETWEET it to their networks?

  • http://www.effutio.com Guest

    Big deal is this really big news….some people lost a few followers. Can we squeeze any more uninteresting news out of Twitter?

    Or can we please just stop talking about it….its boring!

    • Guest

      i agree with this person.

      • http://www.boozemonkey.com Matt

        me to… is it really such a big deal and do we have to keep talking about it?

  • http://www.bloggen.be/familieaalbersberg s.aalbersberg

    When Im coming from holiday Im glad that I have 100 followers, but one day later it will be 79, but if i look there are spam followers too in the new 79, I dont think they can clean it all!

  • Eric Solomon

    My followers have dropped from around 1,920 to 1,818. However I haven’t been able to follow anyone new for several months, which is quite frustrating and also quite discourteous of me. So far, despite repeated requests, Twitter has done nothing to remedy this situation, in spite of the face that my follower to following ratio is very much within the bounds of their own prescribed parameters.

  • http://www.loscuadernosdejulia.com/ Julia

    Yes, I vividly remember that my followers count on Thurs evening was 715, and on Friday morning it was 683. I’m not after numbers, but it was strange to see the drop. However, I was one of many who voiced concerns about the spam accounts. I got followed by all sorts of bots, from horny girls to Forex experts. At one point, even when I blocked the spammer, they still kept appearing among my followers. So, as unexpected as it was, I’m glad Twitter finally got to purge the system. If they automated the process of purification, I’d be elated. :-)

  • Guest

    Too bad. I really thought that “xxJennyBigBoops” and the other girls loved me :-)) .. have a good time where ever you are right now, babes ;-)))

    Greetings from Germany

    • http://www.poconosoutcallmassage.com Sandra

      ***Reality Check*** They sure do not miss you if you never gave them $ personally. You get followed from their pimps and promoters. Another man looking to get your money for his pocket. Further these places are extensively dangerous because these types businesses are hackers dreams. Adult companies are not like corporations who can invest in R&D and very high security measures. Further if you are following these sites do you have minors visiting you? I bring these points up because you are from a different country and may not understand American culture.

  • http://www.wellnessandwealthstrategies.com Guest

    Well, it does appear that I may have been the biggest victim of Twitter’s spamming clearing up job! Admittedly, they said themselves that there was bound to be some collateral damage and I would never have given myself that label but here I am! I have spent 3.5 mths building up a professional following of 7 500 followers/following. I use Twitter for my biz but I am not a marketer and I am not a spammer. However, my account started to show some very strange activity a week ago. I was getting lots of @replies with my name from monkey monitors. When I blocked these strange accounts, I then lost almost my entire account. I will rebuild and my new strategy will be brutal, if you market anything to me, you will be culled. My tolerance level is now very low for marketers! Twitter is potentially an incredible service but with no email verification service, it was bound to come down to spammers and I hope a new service arrives to take us serious micro-bloggers elsewhere with proper identification.

    • http://pawsville.net Mick Roberts

      It’s really starting to look that way; subtle, insipid and deceitful.

      These same things happened to me in a very similar way. I’m not a spammer or marketer either; I never pushed those “flush your money down my toilet please or you’ll regret it forever” crap affiliates. Just a jolly ol’ tweeter out to make some friends and have fun with our social media community for pet people, the “Pawsville Social Club.”

      I never followed the followermonitor bot, I just blocked him – and wham! Overnight all my friends, over 4700 of them, disappeared down to zero.

      So, the monkeybutlers are gone now. Perhaps I wasn’t the only one bringing to Twitters attention that they had such a flagrant violator of their serial accounts policy. Yet the rogue juggernaut captain of the now destroyed monkeybutlers – the malevolent followermonitor bot – remains, doing his dirty work. For some reason Twitter chose not to destroy this evil, apathetic master of ill-will plaguing the tweetwaves.

      While I did speculate on this last week, it seems strange and counter-productive that Twitter itself would choose to eliminate all of a tweeter’s friends. If they suspect a spammer, why not just destroy the account instead of pulling everyone off their friends list? Or, it might even be understandable that Twitter would cancel all a suspected spammer’s followers – to save them from his/her spurious drivel.

      To destroy a tweeter’s friends list creates dissension anyway. Then, to compound this aggravating situation here comes a bot like the followermonitor; auto-direct-messaging all the unjustly unfollowed, creating even more unrighteous indignation by adding insult to the injury. If Twitter is the culprit for doing this weird deconstruction of accounts, then that does leave a big opening for someone to capitalize on the holes in the Twitter philosophy and build an app that we can trust.

      No one like throwing away months worth of work for someone else’s errors in judgment.

    • http://www.frederickwebpromotions.com David Bruce Jr.

      “I use Twitter for my biz but I am not a marketer and I am not a spammer. ”

      does anyone else see the contraction in this?

      Why do people define spammer and marketer in the same breath?

      If you so much as walk outside your door… you are marketing
      you are marketing YOURSELF when:
      you apply for a job
      apply for a mortgage
      apply for a car loan
      ask a woman out on a date

      You say you “use Twitter for my biz”

      so you do or do not market your biz?

      The guy that invented sliced bread couldn’t get anyone to want it, Wonder bread bought it, MARKETED it, and now sliced bread is associated with anything so cool you can’t live with out it.

      David Bruce Jr, Google that

    • http://www.poconosoutcallmassage.com Sandra

      If you were serious you would not have been devastated. I have noticed all these marketing people (they are okay) and get rich quick (some do) on Twitter. They seem more serious than you. Twitter is a numbers games to them. It appears you fit right in. If your account was so adversely affected you definitely did something wrong. If you are out of the mass loop of losing approximately 10% of your followers it means you did something wrong (higher than 10% loss) or are doing something very professional (lower than 10% loss). Keep in mind years ago when Google changed its way of ranking all the sites at #1-10 that drop off the face of the earth and loose all their business blame the staff at Google. This is how the internet evolved. This is how America evolved. If you are a serious micro-blogger (how long could you possibly be doing this since it is in its infancy) how come innovation and reality worry you? Further in new territory, like it or not, fair or unfair, right or wrong, if you are the small guy who gets collateral damage and most are fine then chalk it up to experience and grow in your maturity.

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