I’ve heard that this has been happening for quite some time, a few people have mentioned it to me directly and I’ve also experienced it myself. I check through my followers and notice that I am no longer following people I most definitely should be following.
I didn’t think anything of it, I just thought it was a one off problem and just clicked on the ‘follow’ button and moved on to something else.
It’s only now, after a comment on my blog post 5 Ways to Analyse Twitter with SocialBro that I thought I would investigate it further. It didn’t occur to me that Twitter was unfollowing users randomly. So I typed in ‘Twitter unfollowing people’ into a search on Twitter and was surprised to see that so many people are having this problem… check this screenshot out!
After a Google search and some clicks here and there I arrived at Twitter Help Center, and the top issue is this, and here is what they say:
The link to the full problem is here - It looks like I’m not following someone I know I’ve followed!
I’m not sure how hard they’re working on it, as it seems to have been going on for some time, and there is certainly no date on the issue page. To keep up to date with Twitter issues you can also follow them on Twitter (@Support)
I really don’t have any good suggestions on what you can do in the meantime, if anyone has a solution then please post a comment below.
Just a quick update (30/03/12), someone on Twitter has just sent me the link to an article in the Telegraph, check it out - Twitter admits ‘unfollowing bug’