Following someone on Twitter means you are subscribing to their Tweets, and their updates will appear in your personal timeline on your Twitter homepage. If you follow Poshy, you’ll get her updates on your homepage when you log in. When you follow someone, they will then have permission to send you private tweets, called direct messages, too. Your follower/following statistics are listed on your profile page.
See who follows you on your followers page, and make changes to who you follow on your following page. To learn how to follow someone, read our article about How To Follow.
What are followers?
Followers are people who receive your tweets. If someone follows you, they’re your follower – they’ll receive your tweets in their home page, phone, or any application (like Tweetie, TweetDeck, etc.) that they use. If you follow someone, you are their follower.
Still have questions? You might be asking yourself…
How do I know who I’m following?
After you click the follow button on someone’s profile, you’re following them and they appear in your “Following” list. The follow button will change to a green check mark next to the word “Following” with an actions button on the right to remove a person if you want to. If you’ve registered your phone with Twitter, you can set up text preferences for a person as well. See a list of people you’re following by clicking on the following link on your profile or your home page’s sidebar.
How do I know who is following me?
By default, Twitter sends you an email when someone new follows you. Set up your email preferences to notify you when you have a new follower. The followers link on your profile page or home page’s sidebar will also tell you how many followers you have and who they are.
How do I get followers? Can I ask someone to follow me?
There is no way to ask other users to follow you on Twitter. Though some users send an @reply to others asking them to follow, this isn’t the best way to gain fans on Twitter. You should also avoid third party applications that promise to get you many followers, as these usually break our terms of service and can get your account suspended. The best way to gain friends and fans on Twitter is to engage with the service, follow others whose Tweets are meaningful to you, and be an active part of the Twitter community.
Can I restrict who follows me, or sees my updates?
Yes: protect your profile. Protecting your profile means everyone who wants to follow you submits a request for your approval. Only approved followers can see your Twitter updates, which will not appear in search engines.
Once I start following someone, can I stop?
Yes. Visit the profile page of the person you want to stop following, click the following button to expose the drop down box, and click “remove.” Twitter does not notify you when someone has stopped following you.
Is following like “friending” someone on other social networking sites?
Unlike most social networks, following on Twitter isn’t mutual. In other words, someone who thinks you’re interesting can follow you, and you don’t have to approve, or follow back. Deciding to follow back and changing your mind later is fine- just visit the person’s profile page and un-follow; Twitter does not send a notification when you unfollow someone. If you want to approve who follows your tweets, you can just protect your account. The same rules apply – you can approve followers, but you don’t have to follow back. If you change your mind, visit your following page and “unfollow” them.
I don’t want a particular person to get my updates, but I don’t want to protect my profile.
When all else fails, you can block someone from following you. But, they will still be able to see your Tweets because your profile is public.
What are “follow limits”?
Twitter recently added follow and update limits for stability and abuse control. You can read more about this here.