If someone unfollows you, don’t immediately unfollow back. It is more likely that Twitter caused the problem than the person intentionally unfollowed you. Waiting will normally fix the issue.
Twitter keeps locking accounts and forcing people to validate by phone in order to unlock the account. This is not the same as suspension. You merely have to enter a code that is sent by text or voice call. You have no choice in the method they decide to use. While your account is locked, your account shows up to others as following zero people. You have effectively unfollowed everyone, but only temporarily.
Once you validate your account and log back on, you refollow everyone, but if you have a lot of followers this can take quite a long time: hours or days for your account to resynchronize. You will end up following everyone back.
The problem is that others only see that you unfollowed them. They retaliate and unfollow you back. Some even block you. Some people have this automated, so that as soon as Twitter locks an account, other accounts see you unfollow them and automatically unfollow back. In this way, I have lost close to 3000 followers in the last two weeks. These were mostly people I have mutually followed for the longest and who are steadfast conservatives. Twitter has locked my account 3 times with no explanation during the last two weeks.
If someone unfollows you, don’t assume the worst. Don’t use automation to unfollow back, because this is happening more and more. Check their account. Does it look normal? People don’t normally start unfollowing everyone. Ask them if they meant to unfollow you. Chances are they didn’t. I never unfollow people who are following me, unless there is a very good reason, which is incredibly rare.
Networking makes us stronger. Don’t let Twitter split us up. Use website applications like Statusbrew to keep track of who you have unfollowed or who unfollowed you. Remain unified!
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