I got an email today from Twitter, with the following:

StackHQ @StackHQ is now following you (@NetherPhoenix).

Which is sort of surprising, considering:

  • I have only one "normal" follower (And he's related to me, anyway)
  • I don't use Twitter all that often, and have never had any interaction with Stack Exchange on Twitter
  • I don't list my Twitter account anywhere on my profile or otherwise (though it is the same as the email address listed in my profile / the email I use for OpenID)

Given this, I am both confused as to why StackHQ is following me, and how StackHQ found out about my Twitter account in the first place.

What's going on here?

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    I had the same thing. My Twitter account is used by me approximately never and is connected to my through none of my identities. This is the second time this week that my email address is misused, as such, I've removed it from my profile network wide (and got the neat "default Gravatar" as my "new" icon).
    – Powerlord
    Aug 23, 2011 at 17:14
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    I'm starting a new "Why isn't StackHQ following me on Twitter" :( .... btw - @wilhil! Aug 23, 2011 at 17:19
  • Shouldn't be this a bug tag? Aug 23, 2011 at 17:25
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    @William where do I sign up for that?
    – ChrisF Mod
    Aug 23, 2011 at 17:28
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    @Paulo Only if you want Jeff to swoop in and retag it back to [support].
    – Grace Note StaffMod
    Aug 23, 2011 at 17:28
  • no "eeeeek!" in title?
    – Jin
    Aug 23, 2011 at 18:46
  • @jin - 'naw. I'm pretty mellow. Aug 23, 2011 at 18:48

2 Answers 2


The answer is, CHAOS controls @StackHQ and I followed the few Twitter accounts I ran across, in an attempt to hopefully help promote the awesome users that contribute a bunch of stuff to our sites.

If you don't want @StackHQ to follow your Twitter activity, let me know.

  • More general, you can block specific users from following you on Twitter. May you pass other users in the future that you don't want under you followers, like all those SEO/Spam and similar people... Aug 28, 2011 at 1:42

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    Ps. I love what the Chaos team is doing. Just had to add the lolcat as I've had quite the crappy day.
    – M. Tibbits
    Aug 23, 2011 at 17:46
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    We always appreciate a good lolcat. And feedback. We don't want to make anyone uncomfortable.
    – Laura
    Aug 23, 2011 at 17:50
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    Pfft. I prefer "Soon."
    – user1228
    Aug 23, 2011 at 18:52

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