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Quick Hack for a Twitter Follow Bug


There is a bug in Twitter that causes you to be unable to follow specific, random people. What happens is you click the ‘Follow’ button on a person’s homepage, and you get a message telling you that you’re not allowed to. Or possibly the page just hangs up, without letting you follow.

Jeremy Schultz and I had this issue. We were following one another when one day we noticed that we…weren’t. We’d been involuntary unfollowed from one another.

So we each tried to follow each other again, only to be frustrated by our inability to do so. Neither of us had problems following others.

Then one day, I saw Shel Israel tweet this:

Amazingly, having @cheeky_geeky, block, then unblock me allows me to follow him. @biz please note. Thx, whoever made the recco.

I sent that tweet to Jeremy. He then blocked me on Twitter, then unblocked me. He then reported

@bhc3 It worked! Blocked, unblocked, follow, success. Thanks!

And I’m able to follow him as well.

So there’s your hack to deal with this problem should you encounter it.

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About Hutch Carpenter
Senior Consultant for HYPE Innovation (hypeinnovation.com)

4 Responses to Quick Hack for a Twitter Follow Bug

  1. Great little tip there. I will be sure to pass this along to my friends who are insanely addicted to Twitter so that they will have plenty of time to keep following the unfollowed.

    It’s always nice when you come across an easy fix for a really aggravating problem. Thanks!

  2. Sid Watal says:

    Woah … I have run into this problem more than once. good catch.

  3. Great, thanks for this. This has been happening to me as well.

    Do you happen to know anything about why I sometimes auto-follow people even though I don’t use auto-follow?

    There’s one spammer that is following me that I think I’ve had to unfollow at least 3 times now. Plus, I get random auto DMs from people who started following me but that I’ve never seen before.

    I usually follow almost everyone unless they’re obviously up to no good but I look at profiles first and this is starting to get creepy.

  4. Yellowbeard says:

    arrr this is getting mad, i cant follow the cool people anymore but (after testing) i could follow the odd ones… and am now unable to unfollow them!
    Plus! This fix doesnt work as well >.<"

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