In ~24 hours my Twitter account is going to stop following all accounts, will force-remove all of its followers, and keep a tool running to remove any new ones.

This will keep existing tweets up to preserve external links and allow other's retweets and favorites to remain. But mine will have a nice clean 0 for followers and following.

The tool I slapped together in an hour is at if you want to do the same, although admittedly its first production test will be tomorrow 🤞


Done after ~18 hours!

Start: 69,666 followers
End: 3 followers(!?)

No matter how hard I try those three don't go away. It was four and then one dropped off. So it'll probably happen eventually.

Had to fix rate limiting check (off-by-one), add support for 404s (followers can return deleted users), add support for 503s (service unavailable).

Never hit a rate limit despite ~4,000 block/unblock calls per hour.

My API keys were inexplicably purged halfway through. Had to make new ones to finish.

@cb The tool's on a five minute cron job now so sadly it won't last!

@jw what if I add a corn job to keep following you every 5 mins 😅

@cb @jw regular corn 🌽 jobs are known to trump a regular cron job.

@jw wow! This is it then 🥲

Now I gotta set this site as my home page 🥳

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