Friday, June 12, 2009

Block rude followers from your business Twitter account

For businesses who use Twitter, you may find you have a follower that isn't business-appropriate and want to remove them from your follower list. Or you may just want to block a competitor from seeing your posts. In either case, you'll want to use the BLOCK feature.

Unless you protect your Twitter posts, anyone can Follow you on Twitter. Some people simply look for new Twitter accounts and automatically follow them. You don't want these accounts showing up as your Folloeres, but you also want to use Twitter for business.

Using the Block feature on Twitter does the following for you:

  • You no longer show up in that person's list of Twitter account they follow
  • Your posts or updates no longer show up on their home page
  • That person cannot Follow you any more

So, when you need to remove a Follower, here's how to use the Twitter Block feature (click the above thumbnails to see a full-size image):

  1. Log in to Twitter using your account (see the first image above).
  2. List everyone who is following you by clicking "Followers" from the right hand column (see image 2).
  3. Scroll down and use the "Next>>" link until you find the user you want to block.
  4. Click the "Block" button next their name.
  5. You'll get a screen that ask "Are you sure you want to block" this user. Click the large button labeled "Okay, I still want to block this person" (see image 3 above).
  6. Now you'll be sent back to your Followers listing with a quick message at the top confirming you've blocked the offensive user (see image 4 above).

1 comment:

  1. It's true that you can block people, but they can still see your posts by visiting your Twitter page.

    I'm not sure why you would want to block a competitor from seeing your posts, anyway, to be honest.

    I'm all for blocking 'dodgy' followers though!