If you’ ve be active on Twitter for about 3 – 4 months, you would have realise that Twitter limits its following to 2000 people. I realised this yesterday when my following went beyond 2000 thanks to the new users from the Twitter Contest
Last night when I clicked to follow my 2001 st Twitter user I got a message that said, “You are unable to follow more people, please read about the following limits.” This clearly states that you can only follow a limited number of people, there is also a ratio as to how many people follow you.
Here is what you need to be aware of to ensure your follower and following limits on Twitter.
– 1000 total updates per day, on any and all devises ( web , mobile, API etc )
– 1000 total direct messages per day on any and all devises.
– 100 API requests per hour.
There is also a limit on the number of people you can follow. The number is different for everybody, and is based on a ratio that changes as the account changes. If you hit a following limit, you must balance your follower / following ratio in order to follow more people. You can’t follow 40,000 people if only 40 people follow you.
On digging further I figured that you cannot follow more than 2000 till you have 2000 followers, when you cross 2000 followers Twitter allows you to follow more. This limit has been enforced to reduce internet junkies that just keep following people and spam bot to a great extent.
Here is what you need to do when your Twitter Following reaches 2000
– Remove people from your following list that don’t follow you, you don’t want to follow people who don’t follow you. Just click on the following link, anyone you don’t see a link to direct message is safe to loose. You may also want to unfollow people who don’t have anything interesting to say on Twitter.
– Build your list of Twitter Followers to 2000, once you reach 2000 Twitter Followers you can add more Twitter Following to your profile.
One of the activities that you can do to increase your Twitter Followers is run a contest. I am presently running a Twitter contest to increase my Followers and add user interactivity and participation on Twitter.
Have you reached your Twitter limit of 2000 Followers ?