How I got rid of fake Twitter followers

Twitter is one of the biggest online social media platforms for networking and increases in the number of people every day who join this social media, has led to increase of fake followers. Before I even started, I did a quick search on Google and found this great guide on how to remove followers from Twitter. I had like 200 followers which I was able to cut down to only 15 using the tactics I described further down below.

after follower cleanup on Twitter

Fake followers in your account expose you to phishing or spam and may put you at risk for having your account deleted and this was the main reason I decided to to that.

Instructions for blocking follower on Twitter

how to block Twitter followersa. Log in to your Twitter account.
b. After your account opens, click on your follower tabs.
c. Find fake followers you want to block on your twitter account.
d. To the left, there is a gear icon click on it.
e. After it opens, select the 5th option from the top (block or report) and click on block.
f. Pick the reason you are blocking from the account.
g. At the bottom, you will find a notification – Congrats! You’ve blocked one fake follower.

And if hate to do it manually, I have to tell you; there are also tools for blocking fake followers on a larger scale. Some are paid while the others are totally free.

Custom tools for removing fake followers

One of them is Fakers app. This tool allows users to see how many empty or fake accounts are following you. You are supposed to authorise the app to access your Twitter account, and after a few minutes, you will be able to see your follower report.

Second is Fake follower app. This is a free app that checks a random sample of 100 of your followers against a list of criteria. The account will be defined as inactive if it has not tweeted in the past 90 days.

The third option is Twitter audit app. This app takes a sample of about 1500 followers from your account and then assign a score to each member on the ratio of followers to following the number of tweets and date of the last tweet from your account.

My 2 cents on Twitter cleanup

I used a custom script to do that, while I suggest to pick your favourite from one of these three tools. If I would have zero experience with programming I would probably go with the second option, which also have a cool feature to remove the blacklisted followers automatically. Shout out your favourite solution in the comments below!


10 things I’ve overheard about my Linux laptop while on public transportation

10 things I’ve overheard about my Linux laptop while on public transportation I’ve been taking the train to work for 4 years now. It’s a 45 minute rambling ride in which I usually either read a business book, write some tech blog post for ArsGeek, sleep, or grab my laptop loaded up with Ubuntu and get some stuff done. Over time, I’ve collected a few funny remarks I’ve either over heard, or that people have said directly to me. Here are the 10 best.

  1. That’s not windows, it’s a Mac! (One teenager to another).
  2. Where’s the start button? (Asked directly to me on a train).
  3. Random middle manager 1: He must be in Marketing, he’s making a new picture! Random middle manager 2: I don’t know, look how he’s dressed. (While using gimp).
  4. Don’t turn your computer on Bill – that guy can look into it! (two business men).
  5. You’ve got to work in IT. (said directly to me).
  6. (Whispered)How did he get Vista early? (Two teens).
  7. Yeah, I’m surrounded by yuppies, kids, drones and two guys using Linux. (Someone on a cell phone).
  8. What the hell is that? (Pointing to my screen -followed by a 15 minute conversation about computers).
  9. Can you game on it? (Guy with a Sony VAIO running Vista. He wasn’t impressed by Moria).
  10. They stole that spinning cube thing from a Mac! (Two mac users sitting next to me).

What it’s really like to use Linux 24/7/365

linux.jpgJust over a year ago, I made the decision to dual boot my laptop (which is also my primary computer) with Ubuntu and Windows XP. I’ve spent the majority of that time in my Linux partition and I haven’t actually booted into Windows in over a month now.

I spend, on average, about eight or nine hours of the day on my computer between work (I’m an IT professional working for Inc500 company), play and running this website.

So what’s it really like to use Linux every day all day? Here are some thoughts, in no particular order.

0. You get to have a mascot that’s a penguin. Maybe this isn’t a selling point for you, but it sure makes my daughter happy.

1. Say goodbye to the crash. Computer crashes are a thing of the past for me. This is a laptop so it gets booted up and shut down at least once a day. Having said that, I’ve yet to have a serious crash on my system. Once in a while some weird behavior may cause a program to freeze or crash but I’ve always been able to close it down and restart it without resorting to restarting my entire machine.

2. I love being on a machine with a built in terminal. My job requires me to ssh into various servers and workstations many times a day. I simply click on the terminal shortcut, type the alias for the computer I want to be in and blammo – I’m there. It may seem a little nit-picky to blast windows for no native terminal, but when you have to start up a program, load a connection profile, click another button and then log in to another machine 30 times a day it gets frustrating.

3. I have to say goodbye to Exchange. There are some folks around me who use Exchange servers for email, calendaring, and whatnot. Not me. It’s not a big deal for me, and I chose to say goodbye to that world. Yes there are native Linux solutions that jive (or somewhat jive) with Exchange but none of them work as well as Outlook does, plain and simple. If you’re going to move to Linux, be prepared to lose Exchange functionality.

3.5 Gaming just isn’t the same. I used to be a pretty hard core gamer. Then my gaming started falling of as I acquired a decent job, a wonderful wife and an amazing kid. I do still like the occasional game but I don’t spend hours and hours in front my CRT anymore. If you’re going to switch to Linux, you can say goodbye to high end gaming with ease. Sure there are games that run, some without a ton of futzing about but you’re not going to get the ease of use and massive selection you will with Windows. There are a few FPS titles available, and some really interesting native games, but if you’re going for a new game every week, you can forget it.

4. My productivity went way up. I don’t know if this is tied in with #3 or not but I’m much more productive in Linux than I ever was in Windows. There’s a huge range of tools I can use to get stuff done, from building a web page to writing a document. The indexed search functionality that’s touted in Vista has been available to me for the entire time I’ve been using Linux. I find myself more able to buckle down and get things done without annoying distractions. If I do find an annoying distraction I have the power to easily remove it.

5. My computer is exactly the way I want it to be but it’s taken me time to get there. You can’t expect to switch operating systems and have a nice place to be in a day or two. It took a bit of work and a lot of looking around for me to have my computer set up exactly the way I want it. That being the case, my computer is *exactly* the way I want it! No frivolous sounds, no extraneous graphics unless I want extraneous graphics, no resource consuming background processes, no viruses, lots of desktop backgrounds that switch when I want them to, plenty of flexibility and everything right where I want it. Music, movies, and websites behave as they should. If you want your system to be like this, be prepared to do a bunch of reading and learning, as you would have to with any new OS. I guarantee you this however, you will never have felt more in control of your computer than you do now.

6. Once you know more about Linux, expect to break your machine if you’re foolin’ around. I like to poke about and see what’s what. Occasionally I’ll do something silly or just plain stupid and cause my computer to hate me. Fortunately I’m able enough after a year of use to get around quite well and I’ve not yet met a mistake I couldn’t fix with a little head scratching and forum reading. If you’re going to go in for real customization, expect some failures as you poke and prod.

7. Don’t expect Linux to behave like Windows or OSX. That’s the biggest mistake I see people make. It’s not the same OS and it won’t work exactly like the others. As soon as you can get your mind around that and start viewing this as something different, you’ll be on much better footing.


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