Followers for Twitter are a notoriously difficult metric to measure.
Even the company itself admits that the “results can vary greatly from one follower to the next.”
That’s why many Twitter users are reluctant to admit that they’re losing followers to the platform.
One such example of a user who lost followers is @TheWorcesterLumberjack, who’s now saying on Twitter that he has lost a few thousand followers over the last few weeks.
“I’ve been posting a lot of posts on Twitter, which has helped me get a lot more followers,” the WorcesterLumberjacks new account, @TheWilburLumberJack, tweeted.
“I was able to get about 200 followers over a few days.
Now it’s around 150 and down to about 15.””
That’s not a lot, but it’s better than nothing,” he continued.
“It’s a great reminder to get up in front of the people you care about and get them to listen.
And if you don’t get them listening, they might forget you.
So keep posting and keep tweeting, even if you’re not doing it for real followers.”
While many Twitter followers have disappeared, a few of them have come back in some capacity.
The most recent example was @TheHannibalMoss, who lost nearly 4,000 followers since December 3.
That was in response to an article by The Intercept that chronicled the rise of the alt-right, which includes white nationalists, neo-Nazis and other white supremacists who have recently gained prominence in the US.
The article included a quote from former Breitbart editor Milo Yiannopoulos, who once wrote that white people are the “natural enemies of blacks and Latinos.”
Yiannopoulos was eventually banned from Twitter for “inciting violence and death.”
The tweet in question was later deleted, but not before it earned more than 11,000 retweets and was retweeted over 4,700 times.