This post is about why you should be using UnTweeps.com to un-follow people that have not tweeted for a long time and therefore cleansing your account.
After you have created an account and start following people many of them will follow you back; this was my simple formula to grow my followers as described in a previous post. If you keep following new people and keep your account active, by tweeting regularly and reasonably often, you can get to a point that your followers naturally grow to the hundreds or thousands. My general policy about following/followers is trying to have a good ratio where followers are more than the people you follow. Considering that the initial scenario for all non-celebrity mortals is to follow more people than they have followers the natural question that arises is: “who shall I un-follow?”
The simplest answer is: “people that have a dormant account, those that have been weeks or months without a single tweet”; why bother keep following them if they are not doing anything on Twitter? A simple tool that offers just this simple function is UnTweeps.com a web app which, once authenticated your account with Twitter.com, lists people that have not tweeted for a certain period of time (default is 30 days). I usually try to be a bit more tolerant and set the time to 60 days. When I just did it earlier today I found 400 (!) people that have not issued a single tweet in 60+ days (some of them 6 months) out of my 4600+ people I was following. UnTweeps.com displays a list of these people with a tick-box next to each of them so you can inspect and decide who you’d like to un-follow.
There are many other tools that allow sophisticated analysis of followers, following, their habits and general classifications. In my opinion, the simple rule of thumb of un-following inactive users, simplifies enormously my decision and the whole task.