Unfollowing People — April 15th, 2015

I have a love/hate relationship with Twitter and it’s not because I dislike the platform. In fact, I really enjoy engaging with those who follow me and talking about things that do (and often) don’t matter.

The problem I have is that at times I feel prisoner to the people I follow — and it’s something that really bothers me.

A couple of times over the past year I have tweeted this:

Don’t follow people because you are afraid to unfollow them.

I know. Do as I say, not as I do. Right?

You have every reason in the world to call me out on my fraudulent ways when it comes to Twitter. I’ll understand, because I’m guilty of it.

Though I will admit recently I went on an unfollow binge, where I pushed the button on nearly 25% of the folks that I was following — and it felt really good. Cleansing, as a matter of fact.

I was amazed how many people I had been following just because. I had to be honest and asked “Is there a real reason I’m following this person?”

It didn’t take long to realize how many of them I said “no” to, and that started the snowball once I understood that answer meant something.

The follow up question I had if there was someone I wasn’t sure about was “When was the last time you tweeted at them or they tweeted at you?”

And the silence was deafening.

It was time. Time to grow a pair and start pruning the list, so that my energy on Twitter was used efficiently, rather than scrolling past all of the statuses I know deep down in my heart I’m not that interested in.

I challenge you to take some time to go through the list of people you follow and push the button. Even if that means unfollowing me.

Consider this permission.