In case you missed it, my favourite social media platform is Twitter; I call it the Google of Social Media cause you can find out almost anything about anything or at least what people are saying about it. Twitter can also be very noisy, triggering and kinda stalkerish.
The best way of dealing with unwanted attention is to Block a user. You cant see the nonsense they post and they can’t see you or interact with you, it’s a very therapeutic course of action and might save you a lot of unnecessary stress.
Twitter rolled out a feature known as a soft block. This allows you to remove someone from following you, although they can always follow you back at a later time.
How Do You Remove A Follower
NOTE: The feature is currently only available on the Desktop Version of Twitter and is not yet available on the mobile application.
To remove a follower, go to your profile and click “Followers”, then click the three-dot icon next to a name and select “Remove this follower”
You can also go directly to an account’s profile and click on the three-dot icon and from the options select “Remove this follower”
A follower you remove won’t be notified of the change. They can still find and interact with you.
If a person you have removed from following you goes to your profile they can see that they are no longer following you, they might even think they unfollowed you by accident… it’s possible. They can still follow you again. (unless you decide to actually block them)
Why would you remove a follower?
•You might want give yourself some space but without the blocking kind of totality
•Your Boss or landlord or nosy neighbour…. hmmm… maybe your parents or your kids start following you on Twitter, and you don’t want to have to watch what you post.
•A toxic account that you don’t want to appear follows you and its associated fallout. I know people who if they find a Twitter account problematic they will preempt potential triggers by blocking everyone who follows that account or retweets its content.
In case you ever wondered why one day you woke up and found that a random Twitter User you have never interacted with has blocked you;… it was probably collateral fallout.
In the past when you wanted to remove a follower from following you, you would block and quickly unblock them and they would no longer be following you (handy to remember if you have access to only the Twitter App which doesn’t currently have the remove follower option, you are welcome.)
Are you on Twitter? Are the people you wouldn’t want following you on Twitter?