I have long felt that Twitter was becoming too much to try to manage on a day to day basis. Too many interesting things were being posted. So many, that I often found myself relying on Twitter for the discovery of new things rather than seeking out new knowledge on my own.
After reading this post from Andre Torrez, I decided to unfollow everyone on Twitter and start fresh. I still view Twitter as a great place to discover new things, but I don’t need to follow and keep up with over a hundred people that I don’t really know.
I soon found that to unfollow everyone would be a monumental undertaking as each unfollow would take three clicks via most clients, so I built Unfollowing to speed up / automate the process.
Update: As of about 4pm on July 25th, 2012 the site is down and won’t be coming back. Turns out, that Twitter has a policy against the automation of unfollowing.
It is mentioned in their Terms if you click on the right link, so that was my miss. Either way, I got to ship something that worked - maybe it worked well - and learned a lot about batching and background processes. - @matthewcrist