'Unfollow Bug' Hits Twitter

Tweeters wonder what they're doing wrong
By Mary Papenfuss,  Newser User
Posted Mar 29, 2012 12:29 AM CDT
Twitter followers are vanishing, thanks to bug.   (Getty Images)

(Newser) – Tweeters are atwitter about an "unfollow bug" hitting the Twitterverse. Scads of Twitter followers are being unceremoniously dumped from sites without anyone's consent or knowledge. “This is a bug, and our team is working to fix it," said a Twitter spokesman. Twitter is advising people to visit its support page, and check fellow tweeters’ profile pages to see whether they are still listed as followers. Some tweeters have been stunned and hurt to find the number of their followers plunging, notes the Telegraph. "I thought I was doing something wrong," tweeted a member of British Parliament.

Losing followers is likely creating a sense of "confusion, dread, and self-insecurity," notes TechCruch analyst Jeremiah Owyang. “I wonder how many businesses, personal, and casual relationships are strained by the bug haphazardly unfollowing. It causes us to question the stability of the Twitter infrastructure, usage of my personal data and social network, and what important messages I may have missed."

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