Inactive Twitter usersThe graveyard is not normally associated with corporate profit, but in the case of social media companies it seems to be a highly valued asset for them.

Take Twitter for instance. Each day I clear out a load of inactive accounts of users who have for one reason or another abandoned their Twitter ‘experience’, as it is so colourfully called. Twitter does offer an option to ‘deactivate’ accounts but very few unexcited users bother. Of course, when it comes time to bandy statistics around about their huge success, these dead accounts are included in Twitter’s amazing market share of the social media market.

Facebook has a similar habit of keeping dead numbers. While they do have deactivate and delete account options, the number of inactive accounts must now be in the millions.

Social media and networking has given a voice to people that was not possible before. Recent events in the Middle East have shown how social networking can empower ordinary people and make a political and social difference. It is also a wonderful communication medium for families and friends to stay in touch.

However, it is really starting to fill up with inactive registered corpses, sorry I mean users that inflate user statistics. Personally, I have a healthy Twitter following of around 24,000. But in fact, of this number only around 7,000 are active users. As I mentioned earlier, I try to clear the inactive accounts I am following.

But there is no way to stop users following me – from the Twitter cemetery. Spooky.


Dead Accounts – The Social Cemetery
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14 thoughts on “Dead Accounts – The Social Cemetery

  • 15/07/2011 at 4:34 pm

    Eeuw – creepy stuff indeed Derek. I’m going to have nightmares tonight. Thanks to you I’ll be peering out over the top of the duvet watching ghostly Twitter apparitions rising into the air above my head.

    Cheers mate, I really needed that. LOL


  • 15/07/2011 at 7:54 pm

    Sadly this can also be a problem with real deaths, as I have at least one follower whom I know is sadly no longer with us, but the family are not interested in deleting social media memberships. :(

    • 15/07/2011 at 8:46 pm

      This is an issue that has been discussed by many and an area the major social media companies have yet to address with any certainty. It also raises the issue of ownership of digital records. As a society, we have yet to come to terms with any of this. It’s all too new. Thanks very much for your informed comment.

  • 15/07/2011 at 8:27 pm

    How do you know i’m not dead already?

    • 15/07/2011 at 8:48 pm

      I didn’t Anna-Rose. But I have a very good florist :)) lol

  • 15/07/2011 at 8:42 pm

    I am impressed with the amount of followers you have! For me, I don’t take too much time unfollowing people, but one thing is for sure, is the “living dead” also live on Twitter! They are the ones that frequently follow people and NEVER TWEET. I would never follow someone back that never tweeted.

    On another note, do you have any advice on how to increase followers? I’d love to know your secret!

    • 15/07/2011 at 8:47 pm

      Ha Nicole! My deep and dark secret. Ok, here it is. I smile a lot :)

  • 16/07/2011 at 4:34 am

    This is a real issue – particularly the issue of the social media accounts held by people who have physically died. What annoys me is that those who have allowed their social media accounts to lapse without deleting them (but are still physically alive) sometimes have really good usernames. By holding onto these accounts they are preventing others from using these usernames.

  • 16/07/2011 at 5:21 am

    It is very disturbing. I got a birthday reminder for a friend that passed away on Facebook.

  • 17/07/2011 at 7:20 am

    for me I never followed anybody unless I know what they tweet about and they tweet often.

  • 17/07/2011 at 3:55 pm

    Have you “cleared me out”? I haven’t been on Twitter for a while because I’ve been so poorly. :( I’m always meaning to get back to it, though. My account isn’t dead, it’s just resting. :D

  • 18/07/2011 at 8:32 pm

    You’re being followed by the undead LOL ;-) The only thing worse than dead accounts are zombie accounts, tweeting links on autopilot :-(

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