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Is your Twitter stream getting an little overwhelming? If so, or if your just looking to improve your @Klout score or kill some time on a rainy day, one thing to consider is purging your Twitter list of people you are following, but who for whatever reason are not following you back (shocking right?).

As using twitter.com for this would be very tedious, several developers have created applications that you can link to your account to automate this task. While this is by no means an exhaustive list, a couple of our favorite tools include:


imageFree, easy to use interface that allows you to display all the users who are not following your account as well anyone not following you back.

Includes stats about users such such as their # of follows, how long ago their last Tweet was sent, total number of tweets and Klout score. You can also sort you list of follower / non-followers by these metrics. In addition tweepi allows you to preview profiles and follow / follow en bulk. By far the best tool I have found so far.

Friend or Follow


While this does have an option to export a CSV file of users your following or who are not following you back as well as an option to filter verified from non-verified accounts, when I tested it the hover-over feature in which it displays details about a user’s profile and allows you to un-follow was not working. However, if you are looking to quickly and simply to screen people to follow back this tool works very well.


imageWhile unTweeps does not have the additional features that Tweepi and Friend or Follow do, I keep it bookmarked just in case these other services start charging. While somewhat useful for flushing stale followers, it lacks the ability to sort users and only displays a list of people who have not sent an update in a given number of days. Not sure why you would want or need their paid option which allows you to use the service more than 3 times per month.

Others: TwUnfollow is something I recall having used in the past, but as of this writing their site is experiencing issues and was currently down. Anything else you have seen or used?

As Washington D.C. looks to further establish itself as a center for technological innovation, isn’t it fair to ask that our candidates and elected officials maintain a professional online presence? In reviewing the websites and social media accounts of candidates for the vacant at-large seat on the Washington D.C. City Council, is there anything you see (or don’t see) that sways your vote one way or another?

Alan Page: http://alanpagedc.blogspot.com/

alan page The only Blogspot site of the candidates, the site is very basic but it gets by with clear navigation and good content. Donation button links off-site to Paypal.

Twitter@AlanPageDC 1,970 Tweets, 287 Followers
Facebook: Unknown

Brian Weaver: http://bryanweaverdc.com/

brian weaver

A clean and concise WordPress site with simple navigation and plenty of content. Donation links off-site to Act Blue. Twitter feed is featured on the site but no link to Facebook. Bonus points being the only candidate I have seen who is running Google Ads for his own name as well as his competitors! 

Facebook: 604 Fans (Most of any candidate)
Twitter: @BryanWeaverDC 1,811 Tweets, 1,017 Followers (Most of any candidate)

Dorothy Douglas: http://www.dorothydouglas.com/

dorothy douglasThis might be by far, the worst candidate website I have ever seen. Although   campaigns for local office are by nature low-budget operations, you can still have something that looks professional and is informative without spending a great deal. As local governments increasingly turn to offering services online, anyone who votes for Ms. Douglas should be very concerned that according to this website:  “our company” is located at  123 Main St, Anytown, MA.”

Arkan Hale: http://www.arkanfordccouncil.com/

arkan haleA good looking, simple WordPress site. Problem is that the blog has not been updated since March 5th. Not even a reminder that today is election day!

: 157 Fans
Twitter: @ArkanHaileforDC  23 Tweets, 38 Followers

Joshua Lopez: http://joshualopez2011.com/

joshua lopezWould be a decent WordPress site if not for the numerous coding errors and cumbersome 2nd level navigation on the issues, donation and volunteer pages. Last update was posted April 21st. Donation form uses both PayPal and a custom page powered that is ruined by errors in how the form is displaying fields.

Facebook: 150 Fans
Twitter: @JoshuaLopez2011 1,143 Tweets, 476 Followers

Patrick Mara: http://patrickmara.com/

patrick maraAs the sole Republican in the election, Mr. Mara represents his party well with a busy, but functional and professional website. Donations are handled by a customized Piryx page, links to social media channels are abundant and  there is plenty of content. Mara is one of only three candidates with an email signup box prominently displayed on the site.

Facebook: 437 Fans. Bonus points for having a custom landing tab!
Twitter: @patmara 1,108 Tweets, 824 Followers.

Sekou Biddle: http://sekoubiddle.com/atlarge/sekou biddle

One of the more advanced WordPress sites of the bunch, includes a custom template from Pagelines. The only site I have noticed that includes an RSS feed.  Although there is a form to volunteer, I could not locate a way to subscribe to emails. Donations are sent off-site to Paypal.

Facebook: 292 Fans
Twitter: @sekoubiddle 265 Tweets, 592 Followers

Tom Brown: http://www.whytombrown.com/

tom brownOverall a good site site and only the 3rd one I have seen with an email signup box on the homepage. Donations also link off-site to Paypal.

Facebook: Like Mr. Orange, the campaign decided to create a group instead of a page, however Mr. Brown does have a respectable 378 members.
Twitter: @tombrownyes 169 Tweets, 55 Followers

Vincent Orange: http://www.orangeatlarge.com/

vincent organge Powered by Salsa, Mr. Orange has the best campaign site of all the candidates. All the features work well and the site has a clean design that is content rich and easy to navigate. Also to his credit, Mr. Orange has the longest and most detailed “Issues” section of any candidate in the race.

However in the campaign flyer I received today,  Mr. Orange’s campaign highlights his Washington Post Endorsement- from the 2010 election. While this is an interesting tactical choice, the obvious intent is to confuse voters into thinking that  the Washington Post has endorsed Mr. Orange for this election, when in fact they endorsed Patrick Mara.

Facebook: Using an “old-school” Facebook group, the campaign is posting lots of content but getting very little engagement. 343 total members.
Twitter: Although there is not a link on the website, it appears Mr. Orange does have a Twitter account @VincentOrangeDC which has sent 138 Tweets and has 235 Followers.


Got ideas for improving on the old the ‘series of tubes’ we call the Internet? If your idea meets the following criteria, students from Harvard and Stanford might actually implement it:

  • Does the solution meaningfully contribute to building a better Internet?
  • Does it enhance openness, accessibility, security, or something else of value to the public?
  • Does the solution effectively respond to a particular problem or need?
  • What, realistically, will the project change about the Internet? How significant will the change be?
  • Does the proposal account for realistic challenges and constraints?

From the press release:

“The Berkman Center and Stanford Law School are pleased to announce a new initiative in which we invite the world to submit their ‘Ideas for a Better Internet.’ We are seeking out brief proposals from anyone with ideas as to how to improve the Internet. Students at Harvard and Stanford will work through early next year to implement the ideas selected. Interested parties should submit their ideas at http://bit.ly/i4bicfp by Friday, April 15. Please spread the word far and wide, and follow us on Twitter at @Ideas4BetterNet

h/t to Politico’s Morning Tech

In case you somehow missed the flurry of Facebook wall postings, President Obama launched his re-election campaign today with a remarkably scaled down, almost Spartan website and a introductory video that is remarkably similar to another much hyped launch….for Windows7?

To be fair, in the email announcement the President writes “We’re doing this now because the politics we believe in does not start with expensive TV ads or extravaganzas…”

Mission accomplished?


So is OFA / the DNC taking the right approach?

Try watching “It Begins With Us” and the NRSC’s April Fools Day ad- “President Barack Obama’s First Ad of 2012”. Wait 5 minutes, what do you remember? Also note the difference in the titles of the ads- What are people more likely to be searching for? Will this clever attempt by the NRSC siphon off traffic from Barack Obama’s channel? So far the NRSC is ahead in views, the ratio of likes / dislikes and total comments, be interesting to see if their lead holds.

Also worth seeing: CNET’s analysis of the Microsoft Ad… Anything apply here?

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imageIf you are or will be in the DC Metro area this weekend (April 2nd- April 3rd) I highly recommend you register for the 2011 Social Learning Summit which has been masterfully organized by Alex Priest of the American University Social Media Club.

Please do check out the excellent schedule of events- whether you work in the business or are just getting started as a student or recent graduate there is something for you.  I especially recommend the Saturday morning panel : “Slacktivism or Activism? Liking Our Way to a Better World” which yours truly  will have the pleasure and privilege of moderating with a truly all star cast:
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