Follow user feature in TypeScript

Mastering User Interactions: Follow and Unfollow in TypeScript

Italo Orihuela
Italo Orihuela
Nov 23, 2023


The ability to follow and unfollow users is not just a feature, it’s a catalyst that promotes app engagement and interactions. This tutorial will guide you through the process of implementing this feature in your TypeScript application. We will explore how to follow other users, handle follow requests, and unfollow users when necessary. By the end of this tutorial, you will have a clear understanding of how to manage user relationships in your application, enhancing the overall user experience. So, let’s dive in and elevate your TypeScript app to new heights.


  1. Basic knowledge of TypeScript.
  2. An Amity Social Cloud Portal account
  3. An Amity Social Cloud Console Account
  4. Access to Amity Social Cloud UIKits

Note: If you haven’t already registered for an Amity account, we recommend following our comprehensive step-by-step guide in the Amity Portal to create your new network.

Step 1: Understanding the Follow Functionality

The first step in implementing the follow/unfollow feature is understanding how the follow functionality works. In Amity Social Cloud TypeScript SDK, you can follow other users by simply passing the userId of the user you want to follow. The SDK handles the rest of the process, whether it requires the target user's acceptance or not, depending on the connection method setting.

Step 2: Following a User

To follow a user, use the follow method from the Amity Social Cloud SDK. Here is how you can do it in TypeScript:

In the above code, replace ‘userId’ with the ID of the user you want to follow.

Step 3: Handling Follow Requests

Once you send a follow request, the SDK handles the request process. However, you might want to handle the response of the follow request in your application. For instance, you might want to show a message to the user based on whether the follow request was accepted, pending, or blocked.

Step 4: Unfollowing a User

Unfollowing a user is as simple as following one. You just need to call the unfollow method with the userId of the user you wish to unfollow. The method will handle the unfollow process, removing the connection between the two users and updating the following and follower counters accordingly. Here is how you can do it in TypeScript:

In the above code, replace ‘userId’ with the ID of the user you want to unfollow.

Final Thoughts

Implementing the follow/unfollow feature in your TypeScript application using the Amity Social Cloud TypeScript SDK is straightforward. It not only enhances the user experience but also provides you with a robust and efficient way to manage user interactions. Remember, the key to mastering user interactions lies in understanding the functionalities provided by the SDK and how to use them effectively in your application.