Qwitter plays on Twitterer's insecurities

A new service, Qwitter, allows users to find out when others stop following them on Twitter.

A new service, called Qwitter, has debuted today, allowing users to find out when others stop following them on Twitter. From time to time, you are going to lose followers, whether it be because you have said something that your followers don't agree with, or because they no longer find your tweets relevant or interesting. Services like Facebook and Twitter intentionally don't expose the data for when someone de-friends or un-follows you because it can potentially be a sensitive issue. Qwitter is trying to tap into the "too curious for their own good" market.

After signing up for the service, when someone stops following you on Twitter, you will receive an email stating who stopped following and after which tweet. Qwitter's site gives the following example.

John Gruber (gruber) stopped following you on Twitter after you posted this tweet:

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Qwitter might satisfy some people's curiosity, but the knowledge that the person was not going to find out when you stop following them has been wiped away. You now have to be more conscious of your un-following habits.

About the author

    Harrison Hoffman is a tech enthusiast and co-founder of LiveSide.net, a blog about Windows Live. The Web services report covers news, opinions, and analysis on Web-based software from Microsoft, Google, Yahoo, and countless other companies in this rapidly expanding space. Hoffman currently attends the University of Miami, where he studies business and computer science. Disclosure.


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