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  1. From our crowdsourced Open Dictionary
    a written statement on Twitter intended to be seen and retweeted by one’s followers expressing your regret for having done or said something that is being criticized. Usually the only public statement of regret and used to protect a brand or product.

    U.S. Airways sent an afollowgy re “that plane crashphoto.

    Submitted by Keira from Australia on 02/01/2015
  2. From our crowdsourced Open Dictionary
    used as an adjective

    Jeremy Clarkson did not seem very afollowgetic in his latest tweet about his ‘sleeping [gay] [slur]’.

    Submitted by Keira from Australia on 02/01/2015
  3. From our crowdsourced Open Dictionary
    used as a verb

    Shia LaBeouf afollowgized profusely, much to Seth Rogan’s delight; Seth kept re-tweeting it. Shia couldn’t stop afollowgizing.

    Submitted by Keira from Australia on 02/01/2015
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