Nov. 9, 2012 at 12:45 PM ET
"@HowToGeek stopped following @Rosa!"
That exclamation mark really rubbed the salt in the wound. I knew that Lowell Heddings, the man behind the @HowToGeek Twitter account and an eponymous website, had only unfollowed me to help me test an app, but ... ouch.
The app's called Sayonara and it can be downloaded from the Apple App Store for two bucks. It takes just a few seconds to set up (it snags your Twitter login details from the Twitter for iOS app) and then it runs quietly in the background — until someone unfollows you on Twitter.
Less than a minute after someone decides to take his or her Twitter relationship with you down a notch, Sayonara triggers a little notification. Tap the notification or open the app and you'll be able to see the user's last few tweets along with buttons allowing you to quickly unfollow or block him or her. That's all there is to it.
Sayonara does what it's supposed to well enough to justify the $2 price tag to folks who are obsessed with tracking their Twitter followers, but let's be honest. Do we really want to deal with the emotional drama of knowing exactly when someone unfollowed us? Which tweet made him click unfollow? Did she just not like your new profile photo? What if you had tweeted more #NateSilverFacts — would he have kept following you? There's not an app to tell us that … yet.
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