Unfollow Twitter Script

Profile picture of the author greenovni by greenovni Posted: 05/04/2010
Hello everyone, its been a while since I stopped by here and wanted to give you this little gift.

A lot of you have multiple twitter accounts for your niches and follow people in order to gain people following you back. Unfortunately with twitter, you can only follow up to 2,000 people at any one time.

Unfollowing by hand can be a real pain in the butt so here is a little PHP script that you can upload to your server and run every time you want to unfollow a ton of people at once

<?php
// Set username and password
$username = 'username';
$password = 'password';

// The twitter API address
$url = 'http://www.twitter.com/friends/ids.xml';
// Set up and execute the curl process
$curl_handle = curl_init();
curl_setopt($curl_handle, CURLOPT_URL, "$url");
curl_setopt($curl_handle, CURLOPT_CONNECTTIMEOUT, 2);
curl_setopt($curl_handle, CURLOPT_RETURNTRANSFER, 1);
curl_setopt($curl_handle, CURLOPT_GET, 1);
curl_setopt($curl_handle, CURLOPT_USERPWD, "$username:$password");

$buffer = curl_exec($curl_handle);
curl_close($curl_handle);
// check for success or failure
if (empty($buffer)) {
echo 'Error';
} else {
echo '<h1>Success Connate</h1><hr>';
}
// xml to array
//
//echo $buffer ;
$xml = simplexml_load_string("$buffer");
foreach ($xml->children() as $child)
{
echo " $child ";
// The twitter API address
$url_2 = "http://twitter.com/friendships/destroy.xml?user_id=$child";
$curl_handle = curl_init();
curl_setopt($curl_handle, CURLOPT_URL, "$url_2");
curl_setopt($curl_handle, CURLOPT_CONNECTTIMEOUT, 2);
curl_setopt($curl_handle, CURLOPT_RETURNTRANSFER, 1);
curl_setopt($curl_handle, CURLOPT_POST, 1);
curl_setopt($curl_handle, CURLOPT_POSTFIELDS, "status=$message");
curl_setopt($curl_handle, CURLOPT_USERPWD, "$username:$password");
$buffer_2 = curl_exec($curl_handle);
curl_close($curl_handle);
// check for success or failure
if (empty($buffer_2)) {
echo 'Error';
} else {
echo 'Go to hell<br/><hr>';
}

}
?>
Your server would need CURL in order to run this script.

Directions:

1. copy code into a txt file
2. Set your twitter user name and password
3. Save as whatever you want .php
4. upload to your web host
5. visit http://yourdomain.com/whateverscriptname.php
#script #twitter #unfollow

  • Profile picture of the author sbucciarel
    sbucciarel
    There's plenty of services around that allow you to mass unfollow, but mass unfollowing will most likely get your Twitter acct banned.

    Here's a techcrunch articles that shows Twitter's TOS regarding automation and bulk unfollows.

    6 Million Unfollows Later, Twitter Moves To Silence ManageTwitter

    Twitter Karma also received the same instructions from Twitter
  • Profile picture of the author majidmaskat
    majidmaskat
    well sorry to say this but, there are other website which offer this service fairly rather qucikly. So much appreaciated for the code, but it is already out there
  • Profile picture of the author greenovni
    greenovni
    There might be someone out there that would need the code, at least that is what I thought

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