There’s something happening in the Twitterverse. Users are being unfollowed in record numbers. You might have woken up this week to significantly less followers than you had just a few days ago and this might have sparked some concern on your part. While your depression, angst, fright is justified and understandable, the fact of the matter is that it’s not you or your tweets that people no longer love – it’s Twitter.
Twitter currently has a UI bug and the Twitter team is working on fixing this bug. So, now you can sit back and relax now that you’ve realized that you haven’t suddenly become unpopular overnight and people you know still love you. Even though you might have lost fifty or so friends in the past week and you might not be following someone you thought you were following, there are some ways to fix this problem.
What You Can Do About It
The first step (and this will be tough, no doubt) is to go through the list of people you follow and see if anyone’s missing. Then, you can follow those people once more – though I wouldn’t do this until Twitter fixes the current bug (anytime now). The second thing you can do is find out if anyone you know was recently offended by your decision not to follow them any longer – this is a tricky one. You can’t send messages to people you don’t know and ask them why they aren’t following you anymore, but you can ask your friends and family members.
You can also repost this article that explains what has happened and assure the people you know that you didn’t stop following them intentionally. These are pretty much the only options that you have at the moment. Unless, of course, Twitter can find a way to restore all of those followed and lost! Right now though, there’s no point in trying to fix any of these issues until the Twitter bug has been worked out. Presumably, Twitter will want to get things back on track as fast as possible, but you never know how long these things can take.
Twitter Under Fire
As soon as people figured out what was happening with Twitter, a number of angry emails, posts, and messages arose. Now, I understand how frustrating it can be to lose followers or to make people think that you intentionally stopped following them, but the fact of the matter is that Twitter isn’t perfect. Just like other social networks, Twitter is bound to have some bugs and problems now and then. So, hang tight and let the developers over at Twitter fix the issues plaguing the site right now. I know that it’s annoying to deal with bugs and that Twitter is an integral part of sending out messages, but it’s just a matter of time before things are back on track.
In the meantime, if anyone yells at you for not following them you can simply let them know that Twitter is dealing with a bug and that bug will be fixed very soon.