Protect from Following/Unfollowing

Protect from Unfollowing

After carefully choosing the right people to follow to build a high-quality community you don’t want to damage any relationship by accidentally unfollowing users. Protect important users against accidental unfollowing.

Users you have protect from unfollowing show a small icon of a green person below the checkbox in the top right corner of the user card.

The unfollow button, which is usually visible on the user card when you mouseover it, is disabled and not visible.

In follow mode users that are protected from unfollowing are highlighted in red. Even if you click a whitelisted user card it is impossible to unfollow.

Who to protect from unfollowing?

Use the widgetssearch/filter sidebarcalendartagsnotes, the criteria drop-down menu on the breadcrumb bar, etc., to find:

  • Influential people you are following
  • Clients and customers
  • Conference attendees
  • Thought leaders
  • Close friends
  • Celebrities of interest


Protect from Following

After unfollowing users to help clean your community, remove spammers, etc., you don’t want to risk accidentally following them again in the future. Prevent accidental following of these unimportant users by selecting them as protect from following.

Users you have protected from following show a small icon of a purple skull below the checkbox in the top right corner of the user card.

The follow button, which is visible on the user card when you mouseover it, is enabled and still visible. You can click to follow but you will need to confirm the follow.

In follow mode users protected from following are highlighted in blue. Even if you click a one of these user cards it is impossible to follow.

Who to protect from following?

Use the widgetssearch/filter sidebarcalendar, the criteria drop-down menu on the breadcrumb bar, etc., to find:

  • Users you have unfollowed and don’t want to follow again in the future
  • Users of spam accounts
  • Users who have automatically followed and unfollowed with the sole intention of increasing the size of their community
  • Recent unfollows
  • Low influence users
  • Users who haven’t Tweeted in several weeks or months



Manage (add and remove) users to/from a protect from following/unfollowing list

The only way to access these functions is using the selected drop-up menu on the community bottom bar.

1. First select the desired users on the community wall, either:

  • Use the checkbox in the top right corner to select individually.
  • Click and drag a box over multiple users.
  • Use the select all button on the selected drop-up menu.

You’ll see the number of users you have selected in the parenthesis on the selected button, e.g. “selected (7)”:

Remember that you can only select users on a page-by-page basis, i.e. if you change page the number of selected returns to its default value (0). However, you can change the number of user cards per page in settings.


2. Click the option you want to carry out from the selected drop-up menu, either:

  • Protect from Unfollowing
  • Protect from Following – Remember to unfollow these users before adding to the list.
  • Remove Unfollow protection
  • Remove Follow protection


3. You will be asked for confirmation. If you don’t want the confirmation panel to repeat then check the box marked do not ask again. When you are ready click OK.



View members of a unfollow/follow protection list

You may want to revise those users who are protected from following or unfollowing. To see them select the appropriate button from the criteria drop-down menu on the top bar.