Keep your Twitter account clean with the Nest Unclutterer

We love Twitter.

But we don’t like it when a tweetbot follows us just because we mentioned a particular word or brand name. We could protect our updates, but that would just make it more difficult for people we actually know to follow us.

We don’t like tweetspammers who follow so many people that they’re probably just trying to get people to follow them back. You can’t be really listening to what 2000 people have to say.

We don’t like having our friend list filled up with inactive users who never tweet anymore.

These are just a few of the reasons we have created the Nest Unclutterer. It uses Twitter’s excellent API to help you maintain a tidy Twitter account:

  • The Nest Unclutterer protects your privacy from marketers and businesses by blocking followers who are already following a user-specified number of people.
  • It removes followers who have been inactive for a user-specified period of time.
  • It helps create a whitelist of users exempt from any of these rule-based actions.

We hope you like it, and we would appreciate any suggestions for additional features.

22 Comments for “Keep your Twitter account clean with the Nest Unclutterer”

  1. posted by acidcloud on

    Wow this is exciting. I’m going to try it out. Thanks guys.

  2. posted by Travis Illig on

    I like the idea, but do you get to preview what it’s going to do before it actually does it?

    I don’t know if I’m going to remember all of the accounts that should be in the whitelist and I’d like the ability to verify the actions before they’re taken.

    (This may already happen, but I’m afraid to click the button because it isn’t clear what will happen when I do.)

    Maybe some additional screen shots are in order?

  3. posted by Erin Doland on

    @Travis — A page of checkboxes appears and you can check anyone you wish to keep.

  4. posted by Matt on

    I was about to ask the same thing. You should put a note to that effect on the website.

  5. posted by Kim on

    Oh, thank God! I am so frustrated that Twitter is becoming the next Spam Frontier!

  6. posted by PJ Doland on

    We’ve added some text to the settings page to clarify that you have the option to review what will be blocked or unfollowed before the actions are performed on your account.

  7. posted by Ravi on

    I hesitated for the exact same reason people before me did — I was unsure if it would automatically block people I didn’t want to block.

    You added the clarification text on the settings page, before it actually does the deed — however, my hesitation was BEFORE I even logged in. I strongly recommend you put a similar disclaimer on itself, so people can log in with assurances that their lists won’t be changed without their explicit consent.

  8. posted by Thomas Scholz on

    How can I get just the list of spammers โ€“ without giving full access?

  9. posted by Shalin on

    You guuuuuyyyyyyyysss! ๐Ÿ˜‰ So simple, sooo clever. Thanks soooo much for your techno-thoughtfulness ๐Ÿ™‚


  10. posted by PJ Doland on

    @Thomas Scholz โ€” It doesn’t function with a blacklist. It looks at the metrics of the individual friends and followers in your account. So there’s no way to get a list without giving the application access.

  11. posted by James on

    Oh this is good. I’m still not entirely convinced Twitter has a useful purpose, and after a heavy spamming today I was almost ready to shut my account.

    And then I find this, and suddenly it doesn’t seem so bad any more. I can once again watch what my friends are thinking, eating and doing to themselves when I really should be working ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Could you make it do nasty things to the Twitter bots and friend junkies, that’d be nice. Or at least an automated system that reports the most common “suspicious users” to Twitter.

  12. posted by cdelphine on

    James – I think that I have had more spam yesterday and today than the entire 6 months previous to that. Twitter does work to shut down spam accounts. Most of the ones from the past couple days have been shut down.

  13. posted by knitwych on

    I keep my “Twitter Nest” clean by not having one. Talk about clutter! A friend of mine on Livejournal Twitters every little banal thing in her day – “Ate bento for lunch”…”Bored with work”…”Hate my hair today”…”A bird just sat on the ledge for 5 mins”…blah-blah-blah. So far, nobody has been able to convince me that Twitter is anything but a waste of time.

  14. posted by Jack on

    Would be more useful if I didn’t have to go through and whitelist every utility I follow on twitter (rememberthemilk, evernote, etc…), not to mention that it doesn’t seem to take into account that there might be people/streams that I read on Twitter that I don’t necessarily read expecting to read back.

    Probably good for other people, but doesn’t suit me. Very good idea, though.

  15. posted by Erin Doland on

    @Jack — You don’t have to enter any names into the whitelist by hand. Like it says in the instructions, you get a confirmation list. Just check the boxes next to the names you want to keep. It’s really easy.

  16. posted by bs on

    Very nice. Thanks.

  17. posted by infmom on

    What a great idea! Now if there were only some way to pre-block the twerps who are peddling sex and free laptops. ๐Ÿ™‚

  18. posted by Jack on

    @Erin Yeah, but when I’m whitelisting more than half the list, the exercise seems a bit silly…

  19. posted by Graham Chastney on

    Thanks guys, just cleaned my nest and it was great.

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  22. posted by Kathleen Anderson on

    Would be nice if you had the option of either blocking or just unfollowing the users who follow X number of people.

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