How to Check Twitter Relationships

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Relationships can get confusing on Twitter, where everyone has the option to follow or not follow everyone else. Unlike on other closed-loop social networks, you can follow someone without being followed back and vice versa. Although the follower/following count on your profile page will give you an idea of who is and isn't following you, you can use a few tricks to find out exactly where you stand with your friends .

  • Try to send someone a direct message to find out if that person is following you. Following someone on Twitter gives that user permission to send you private messages. Unlike on Facebook, where friendships are mutual, you can follow someone on Twitter and not be followed back. Type "d username message" in the tweet box to test your direct message; either it'll go through or you'll get an error with the text "You cannot send a direct message to someone who is not following you."

  • Enter your username at FriendorFollow.com to get a quick look at who's not following you back ("following"), who you're not following back ("fans") and who your "friends" or mutual follows are. If your tweets are protected, only you can see this data; if your account is public, anyone can access it.

  • Visit a friend's Twitter profile page and check out the Connections feature in the right-hand column. You can see who follows both of you and who you're each following. This feature can be useful if someone you're not sure you know starts following you; viewing the Connections can give you an idea of who your mutual friends might be.

  • Find out whether two users are following each other with Follower Check. You can use this tool to quickly check on the following status of any two users with public accounts.

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