Twitter bug makes it seem you're unfollowing people

The microblogging site is trying to fix a glitch that makes it appear as if the people you've previously followed are no longer being followed.

Lance Whitney Contributing Writer
Lance Whitney is a freelance technology writer and trainer and a former IT professional. He's written for Time, CNET, PCMag, and several other publications. He's the author of two tech books--one on Windows and another on LinkedIn.
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Have you ever followed someone on Twitter only to find that the person no longer appears in your follow status? Well, it's not you, it's Twitter.

The site has finally acknowledged a glitch that's causing people you follow to appear as if they've been unfollowed. Twitter is working on a fix but insists the bug only makes it seem like you're no longer following someone. Clicking on the user's actual profile page can confirm that you're still a follower:

A person you've recently followed shows in your following tab, but appears with a follow icon so it looks like you're not following them, as shown in the image below. Visit their profile if you'd like to confirm you're following them.

In addition, Twitter admitted a long-standing problem where your follower count doesn't get updated properly. The company called this an "ongoing issue" that it's working to fix.

Though I haven't run into the "unfollow" bug, I have bumped into the second issue.

But other Twitter users are taking to the tweets, complaining that the "unfollow" glitch has been around for awhile. One person tweeted: "Dear twitter, I think it's time to sort out this bug that seems to automatically follow/unfollow without the users input."

Another wrote: "Grr twitter why would I want to unfollow my sister? This unfollowing bug in very annoying." But a third person saw the bright side, tweeting: "Quick, unfollow some of your annoying friends while you can still blame it on the unfollow bug."

Until Twitter is able to resolve the glitch, Twitter users seem to have little choice but to click on each profile they follow to make sure those accounts are still being followed. Those who follow hundreds of accounts, though, may just want to wait until Twitter fixes the problem.