Qwitter is about to break up a lot of twitter 'friends'

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In which an affront to our dignity and privacy is admitted for your judgement

Qwitter is an interesting new Twitter app. It basically sends you an email telling you when someone unfollows you on Twitter and includes your last twitter update in that message. Whether they unfollow you for that last tweet or not, who knows, but it may have some relation to why someone unfollowed you.

The site is up and down right now as it seems to have got a lot of interest, for obvious reasons. As Ireland-based co-developer Eoghan McCabe says, this “changes the game for Twitter-based relationships”. Now, you can’t secretly unfollow friends or associates anymore. If someone unfollows you, you’ll know and you’ll be able to ask them why. That means it may break up a few twitter friendships. Then again, it may even improve a few. At least you’ll be able to ask someone why they unfollowed you. Maybe people will will learn to use Twitter in a smarter way?

  • http://www.charlesarthur.com/blog/?p=1075 Charles on… anything that comes along » How to be a good citizen of Twitter: it’s all about the links, baby

    […] means that if people start using Qwitter and ask me why I’ve unfollowed them, I’ll point them to this post. It’s simple really. In an attention economy, […]

  • http://m.twiter.com/topgold Bernie Goldbach

    Since I was never followed by @mbites, I can avoid the trauma of being unfollowed.

    • http://andrew.chalkley.org Andrew Chalkley

      LOL!

  • http://domainnamesthatsuck.com Jorge Martinez

    I think this application is great! Let’s hope I never get one of their emails :)

    Don’t try going to Qwitter dot com as it will only redirect you to some random site. Hmm, C’mon people, when will you start thinking before registering some of these domain names?

    Qwitter has won the honor of inaugurating YourDomainNameSucks.com Let’s learn from their mistakes. Other than that, congrats on a great app Contrast.

  • http://ollieparsley.com Ollie Parsley

    Great idea! I would never have thought of it. I have signed up, just hope I don’t get an e-mail from them. Although I don’t think its a bad domain name. If its memorable and you get a sense of what it does then it can’t be that bad :)

    Ollie

  • http://ollieparsley.com Ollie Parsley

    Great idea! I would never have thought of it. I have signed up, just hope I don’t get an e-mail from them. Although I don’t think its a bad domain name. If its memorable and you get a sense of what it does then it can’t be that bad :)

    Ollie

  • http://www.contrast.ie Paul Campbell

    Thanks to Hosting365 for sorting us out with Hosting. Lots of power to keep our Qwitter processes (and website) running smoothly.

  • http://www.cordless-phones.uk.com/blog/ ligo blog

    installed!

  • Dom Sparks

    surely this should just be a feature of Twitter anyway – I get an email if someone starts following, so why not when they leave? Amazed that someone would go to the effort of developing and hosting something that should be done by twitter itself…

  • Dom Sparks

    better stil would be if twitter asked you, when you unfollow someone, for the reason. maybe from a list of predefined reasons, e.g. ‘too many posts’, ‘too few posts’, ‘posts are too personal’, ‘posts are not relevent to me’, ‘too much effing’, ‘mistaken identity’, ‘I decided to get a life and stop using twitter’. People who have many strangers follower them might find it beneficial to track why people stop following them, or indeed why they start following. But I don’t see why you’d need a third party to do this :)

  • http://thayer18@yahoo.com Thayer Prime

    Ello. Interesting stuff. I’ve posted a blog about it here if anyone is interested.

    Synopsis: I think Qwitter could be really useful as a marketing tool, but it seems right now it’s just being looked at as an ego tool. Shame.

  • http://www.suebailey.net Sue

    At least you’ll be able to ask someone why they unfollowed you
    God forbid. I don’t want to have to justify why I unfollow people.

  • http://www.suebailey.net/qwitter-twitter-just-got-shitter/ Qwitter: Twitter just got shitter | Sue Bailey

    […] not. I think TechCrunch has it right: If someone unfollows you, you’ll know and you’ll be able to ask them […]

  • http://davepress.net/2008/10/20/twitter-qwitter-and-keeping-up-with-your-followers/ Twitter, qwitter and keeping up with your followers | DavePress

    […] Butcher at Techcrunch says this of the Ireland based service: Now, you can’t secretly unfollow friends or associates […]

  • not commenting to spam my blog

    this is pure boredom.

  • http://www.sabrinadent.com/2008/10/20/qwitter-is-for-friends/ Sabrina Dent: Pixel Pushing Ireland » Qwitter is for Friends

    […] for the record, am I going to send them email to ask them why, or expect some kind of explanation to turn up in my […]

  • http://www.iknowthe.net Emma Kane

    Hardly earth shattering is it though. And Dom above is right – twitter could just add this. Although a very quick look at the site suggests the developers already have an exit strategy in mind: “Qwitter is not affiliated with Twitter, but wouldn’t it be cool if it was?”. You’ll be lucky…

  • http://www.retailmedia.org Rufus Evison

    I do not know if I was ever followed by mbites, so I do not know whether to be traumatised. To be honest I cannot understand why anyone would follow me or read my blog, but people do. It is all a mystery.

  • Shehan

    Mehhh, Twitterless is better.

  • http://garyandrews.wordpress.com/2008/10/20/how-to-win-friends-and-influence-tweeple/ How to win friends and influence Tweeple « Gary Andrews

    […] media, online etiquette, online relationships, Qwitter, Stephen Fry, Twitter, Twitter Karma Qwitter’s launch last week seems to have thrown the Twittersphere (God, what a horrible world) temporarily, as […]

  • http://andrewlewin.wordpress.com/2008/10/20/links-for-2008-10-20/ del.icio.us links for 17-20 October 2008 « andrewlewin: let me think about that …

    […] Qwitter is about to break up a lot of twitter ‘friends’ You’ll never be able to break up without the other person knowing, ever again … And yes, it really can affect you when you find out you’ve been ‘dumped! (tags: twitter) […]

  • http://andrewlewin.wordpress.com/2008/10/22/links-for-2008-10-22/ del.icio.us links for 17-22 October 2008 « andrewlewin: let me think about that …

    […] Qwitter is about to break up a lot of twitter ‘friends’ You’ll never be able to break up without the other person knowing, ever again … And yes, it really can affect you when you find out you’ve been ‘dumped! (tags: twitter) […]

  • http://fromtheonline.wordpress.com/2008/10/24/twitter-politics-why-on-earth-does-it-matter/ Twitter politics - why on earth does it matter? « From the Online

    […] purposes after all and you don’t really know these people… But I must say the idea of Qwitter sounds awful. Who has time or inclination?! Maybe useful if you were using it for PR or marketing […]

  • http://raxraxrax.com/2008/10/29/cursebird-turning-twitter-into-twtter/ raxraxrax.com » Blog Archive » Cursebird: Turning Twitter into Tw*tter

    […] all the all of the recent hoohaa surrounding Qwitter here is something that may twickle your fancy: Cursebird – a realtime feed of everyone swearing on […]

  • http://uk.techcrunch.com/2009/03/06/interview-contrast-the-guys-behind-qwitter-who-have-global-ambitions/ Interview: Contrast - the guys behind Qwitter who have global ambitions

    […] that ignited controversy when it allowed you to see when someone unfollowed you on Twitter. Queue a heated debate on its contribution to the collapse of civilisation as we know […]

  • http://www.kathysart.com Kathy Ostman-Magnusen

    How is it possible that I would get almost 200 Qwitters in the last 20 minutes after one post that was harmless? I have posted that exact thing a zillion times… I don’t get it.

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