Use rtweet to manage lists and who you follow

rOpenSci package or resource used*


What did you do?

After capturing a list of the people you follow, this workflow enables you to:

  1. assign twitter accounts to different groups (e.g. via RegEx over the profile)
  2. use the group boolean columns as the basis to create and populate lists*
  3. mass un-follow people so that your core twitter feed is streamlined

* I noticed significant instability in the Twitter list APIs. A workaround (that was still a bit flaky!) is to split the accounts into groups of 100 and use Tweetdeck to bulk add people to lists. The spit() function in the gist is how I tackled this.

URL or code snippet for your use case*

A gist demonstrating how to retrieve the people you follow, assign them to lists, and unfollow in batches (


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