Twitter is a social network platform with the sole purpose of sharing thoughts in short bursts. It isn’t exactly the place for long winded conversation (unless you DM), but it can fire up a conversation for others to spread. Because of said spreading of opinions, people will not hesitate to unfollow you on Twitter.

With that being said, can that passive-aggressive decision be documented in some way? Can you see who’s deciding to unfollow you from Twitter? If so, what kind of system would that be? There’s a surprising number of programs that can keep track of those coming in and those leaving your followers and following list.

Why Bother Knowing Who Unfollows?

For the average Twitter user who uses the social network platform as an extension of them will have zero need for knowing those that unfollow. Twitter, like many platforms, is an outlet for a lot of people and some people don’t care who’s following and who’s unfollowing. They’re less concerned with who’s listening and more concerned about letting their opinion be known, whether you like it or not.

However, from a marketing standpoint, sure. That kind of information could be valuable. It can gauge a particular Tweet’s feedback and consider if the number of people unfollowing is due to a recent Tweet, perhaps an article posted about them–or if the drop in followers was due to other forces at work, like inactivity. In can heavily influence the content you share on your Twitter page, especially if you’re, say, a well known business entity contemplating the publishing of an unreleased Tweet.

Visit Someone’s Profile Page

In the cesspool of Twitter, when you follow someone, that’s the only interaction one can hope to gain. Once you follow them, you’ll see their notifications as they come in rather than visiting their pages to see updates (without following). Of course, there is DMing (direct message), but that feature is saved for two individuals that have followed one another.

When you follow someone and they follow you back, you’ll see a tag on their profile that says “FOLLOWS YOU.” It’s easy to miss. Why does that matter? Well, if someone stops following you, you won’t see that tag anymore; you were unfollowed by that person.

1. Find and open the Twitter app.

go visit the page of someone you are following

2. Log into Twitter with your account if you aren’t already logged in. Afterwards, go visit the page of someone you are following and are following you. Find them on your Followers page or find them with the search function.

you’ll see a tag “FOLLOWS YOU

3. At the top of their profile page, you’ll see a tag “FOLLOWS YOU” just below their name.

You may have noticed immediately that this option is ridiculously tedious and not worth the effort to thumb through your followers and following pages. Unless you have a couple months to spare you’re going to be looking for a very long time or you only had a few followers to begin with.

In this case, taking the method of the tortoise isn’t going to work. You need a solution that is more like the hare.

Use Crowdfire to Track Unfollowers

By linking Crowdfire to your Twitter account, you can use it as a central hub for keeping track of followers coming in, but more importantly, followers that want to become unfollowers. You can also keep track of data, reach and remove Tweets.

1. To get started with Crowdfire, head on over to their website and click GET STARTED ->.

2. When prompted, choose SIGN UP WITH TWITTER and punch in your Twitter account.

If you like the way Crowdfire handles your Twitter account, then you should consider using it for your other social media accounts.

click on Recent Unfollowers

3. On the left hand side, you’ll see a column. Near the top of the column, click on Recent Unfollowers. Crowdfire will then list any ex-followers in the middle of the page.

For those of you who want to use Crowdfire on the go, you can install it to both Android devices and iOS devices.

Other Programs That Can List Unfollowers

Crowdfire isn’t the only tool that can monitor those that you can’t force to listen to your Tweets. Some tools are clearly better than others, unfortunately, they tend to come with a cost.

For example, StatusBrew has a few plans you can invest in, but the prices aren’t something an average Joe would probably take advantage of. The prices you see are most likely to target bigger entities, like celebrity pages or companies. With that being said, if you want some serious social media management, look into StatusBrew if you have the income to back it up. It does come with a free 30-day trial. is another great tool if you’re strapped for cash. However, they’ll charge you if you go over the cap of 75,000 followers and you’ll have to deal with annoying ads on their page. On the bright side, all you have to do is sign up, authorize the app and check your Unfollowers. Then you’ll get to see who didn’t want to hear your voice.