What happens if I hit a Twitter limit?

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I hit a Twitter limit; what does that mean, and what do I do?
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What does it mean?

If you hit a Twitter limit, it means you've exceeded the maximum number of times allotted to perform a given action on Twitter. In other words, you can only do things so many times before you have to take a break.

What are the limits?

We're starting with a few limits based on various parameters, and we'll be adding more as time goes on. We reveal some limits only when you reach them, and tell you about others in advance. Twitter applies limits to any person who reaches:

* 1,000 total updates per day, on any and all devices
* 250 total direct messages per day, on any and devices
* 70 API requests per hour
* Maximum number of follow attempts in a day

Follow limits are based on several things, one of which is our belief in a person's good standing and intention. The behind-the-scenes portion of follow limiting varies by account, relationship, and changes over time.

Based on current behavior in the Twitter community, we've concluded that this is both fair and reasonable. While we figure out what works best for everyone, the limits may change occasionally, but this is the nucleus and future limits will be based upon the success of these.

How will I be affected by the limits?

People using multiple API clients at once may see the per hour API request limit, as usual. Aside from that, most people will not be affected. If you do reach a limit, we'll let you know, and after 24 hours from the last action, the limit is automatically removed.

Why Twitter Limits?

Starting with 140 characters per update, Twitter has always been about limits, embracing the idea that constraint inspires creativity. The new limits do not restrain reasonable usage, and thus, will not affect most people. We do, however, hope to discourage unreasonable usage that alarms the people affected by it. These limits also alleviate some of the existing strain on the invisible part of Twitter: fewer robots and whales.

I'm not satisfied!

If you think you've reached a limit unfairly or you have a legitimate dispute, please contact Twitter support and explain your situation: support or help @ twitter.com.