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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.
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  • Wow, cool, I had no clue there was a DM or daily tweet limit!

    Regarding the maximum number of follow attempts in a day, is that a recent addition? I won't mention any names (*cough*), but I've seen people who have followed over 100,000 people in one day not too long ago. Gotta hate the follow spammers.
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  • Yes, the maximum # of follow attempts is recent (and is not daily).
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    • They changed their trouble ticket system recently, but there's no reason to file duplicate tickets unless the previous one was suddenly closed. This just creates more work for them. Compile all the people doing the same thing you did together, and you end up realizing that they're wasting a lot of time on duplicate tickets.
    • I can understand the limit. What concerns me is that 1) There was no way to know about it in advance 2) Even when I hit the follow limit, I didn't know what was going on. Will I be penalized for continuing to try to add followers after hitting the limit. 3) I allocate blocks of time to Twitter networking, so tend to add large numbers of followers at a time based on connections we share with other people.

      I detest spam, and I value Twitter as a tool for connecting. I hope the follow limit algorithm will be tweaked as time goes on. And it would help to have a stated limit along the lines of "No more than 100 follows per day in addition to following people who are following you."
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  • I’m glad to see Twitter is putting more spam prevention tools in place
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  • I’m thankful
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    I would block all follow requests through the API, since that would stop most of the script spammers following the public timeline. And don't just restrict the spammers. Remove their accounts. They're still following tens of thousands of people.
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  • I’m confused at why someone would answer a question they asked.
    While this information is nice to know, I find it a bit odd/weird that an employee is asking questions just so she can answer them.

    Am I the only one that thinks this way?
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  • I’m waiting
    "70 API requests per hour"

    Isn't it 20 API requests per hour right now? I -wish- it was 70 requests an hour again. :|
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  • I’m sad
    I just set up thwirl and hit my API request limit before seeing a single tweet.
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  • I’m frustrated
    So what's the follow limit if it's not daily?
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  • How do you even know if you hit the follow limit? I thought it just didn't tell you and didn't e-mail people that you were following them.

    Also, why not let users have a medium between private and public, where you basically say "have users enter a captcha to follow me". You already support recaptcha for signup...
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    • actually, it's more than a little infuriating when I've had 50 people follow me in the past 5 days and am unable to follow any of them back. I thought it was blown out of proportion, but now I'm not so sure - this is impacting a lot of people negatively, not spammers.
    • I have to agree that there are a lot of legitimate people getting flagged. Shouldn't the obvious spammers be the target? Crystal & Jason - are you guys looking at tweaking whatever formula that you guys are using to prevent the good people from getting caught up in this?
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  • What happens for API users when the request limit is reached? I have a fairly high volume wordpress blog that uses the SimpleTwitter plugin to display tweets, and it's been hanging for three days now...
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  • I’m thankful and hopeful.
    Hi Crystal and Ev -

    Thanks for posting on GSFN about this. I'm glad you're putting limits in place to discourage spammers.

    However, there are many of us who are using Twitter in a legitimate and respectful manner who are being blocked from following.
    I didn't receive any notification that I had reached any following limit. I got the "Something has gone wrong" message repeatedly until I surmised what was happening.

    I'll email Support to discuss this, but I wanted to point this out here since a discussion was already in place.

    We have such a fun Pandora community going on via Twitter, I'd hate for it to be hampered. In terms of proving I'm not spammy, I'm happy to provide previously-twittered testimonials regarding how "useful" and/or "fun" my 2,000 twitter followers have found my twitterstream.

    I'm very careful, as a Community Manager, about how I use Twitter. I hand-pick who to follow. My followed-following rate has always been close to 1-to-1. I only tweet a few times a day. I’ve repeatedly posted my personal email address in the stream, for conversations that require more than 140 characters.

    Thanks very much for your attention, and for all your hard work!
    I hope this gets sorted out soon. I've been enjoying the community of Pandora-lovers who have been bonding via your service.

    Sincerely,
    Lucia Willow
    Pandora Community Manager

    @pandora_radio on Twitter
    • Nice way of putting it. But I'm really much more frustrated than this at this point. I've been a HUGE advocate of Twitter despite many issues. I spent my time blocking and advocating the blocking of those 'gaming' the system.
      In return, I've always respected Twitter boundaries and have a 1-to-1 following ratio - but now I've got 50 people who have followed me in the past few days that I can't follow back.

      This is very annoying - given that I gave an Unconference Panel on it at BlogHer on Sunday that lasted 2 1/2 hrs and got many of these users to sign up.

      If I can't follow back the people that are following me - twitter becomes useless for me.
    • I already have an issue with how you handle it: You post your e-mail so people can have private conversations, or do you post your e-mail for conversations that SHOULD be public, i.e. handled in a public place like for example get satisfaction? If they should be public, you should direct users to make threads on GSFN so more than just you and the other person can participate.
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  • I’m relieved
    I'm relieved to be able to follow people again - but wonder when the next 'surprise' will crop up.

    I *totally* understand Twitter's desire to do something proactive to combat those folks abusing the community, the servers, and the bandwidth - but can you please maybe consider not springing stuff like this on us without notice? It doesn't take the malcontents long to figure out how to go about their business circumventing the system - but it's kind of hard on those of us who are trying to support Twitter.

    You guys have the BEST community... really. Trust us to help.
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    • I have cleared my WHite listed API, all the process and its been a month now I cant follow anyone, o reply from Twitter too, any advice/??
    • I have cleared my WHite listed API, all the process and its been a month now I cant follow anyone, o reply from Twitter too, any advice/??
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  • I’m concerned
    Twitter - you guys have said many times that you will be continually reviewing your approach to fighting spam and refining yout tactics over time. I've been tracking the new follower limits very closely and I can't imagine that you guys were targeting @pandora_radio, @comcastcares, and dozens of other legitimate businesses and individuals with these limits. And telling them to just wait a few days to add new followers is asking for a tremendous amount of patience from some of your most loyal users. Please tell us that you guys are looking closely at whatever algorithm is behind the follower limits to insure that only the *real* bad guys (like the6figureteam.com spammers) are being flagged, not the good guys.
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    • How about watching to see which accounts are getting the most "blocked" votes and limit their following ability? Anytime I find a spammer, etc following me, I block them. Track that, and let people who have large accounts like Geek Mommy, Scoble, etc do what they do.
    • howardgr - Your idea to check the most blocked votes risks the problem of censorship. Say a popular SEO is accused of a heinous act of Black-Hattery and is blocked bythe huge community of SEOs on Twitter. Suddenly he's had his ability to communicate effectively with all of the other people who may not be SEOs and still enjoy reading his posts.
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  • I’m frustrated
    Hi,

    I have submitted a Twitter support question about this a few days ago but never got any answer.

    Why is it impossible to follow back someone who is following you? It's very frustating not to have the right to do this.

    Also, the policies of Twitter re. spamming are not very clear. It changes very often. Why not be more clear in the terms of service???

    I am not playing a game. I am not a bot. I give EVERY DAY a lot of news for free on my Twitter that people really appreciates it. For me, it's a new way to blog and interact.

    So i experiment like i gave training courses for non profit about Twitter and how to use it since more than 10 months.

    Twitter policies seems to mix real spammers with other that don't spam but really socialize in a good way... simply to share...

    I am very frustating about this.

    http://twitter.com/jeanlucr
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    • Thomas - It's not up to you to dictate someone else's follow policy. The number of people someone follows has been correlated to "legitimacy" but it doesn't define legitimacy. In fact, I can pretty much guarantee that "spammers" will stop following thousands now and will take great care to fly under the new limits.

      Jason Calcanis (NOT a spammer) was following thousands of people. I thought that was nuts but hey, it's none of my business. Chris Brogan is following 10,000. Robert Scoble is following 21,000. Why should any of this matter? Maybe they do it to alow those people to DM them? Maybe they're creating their own "public timeline".

      It's None of Our Business!

      Following to Follower ratio is an _indicator_ of potential "spamminess". It's not even the best indicator. CONTENT is what determines whether someone is really a contributor. This is why arbitrary limits are so wrong.
    • Vicki: I'm not dictating his follow policy, I'm talking about thinking about it logically. Logically, it is impossible to read the posts of 7,178 people. His explanation is that he follows people who follow him, which is not supported by evidence. That is what I am commenting on, but your rant is scary.
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  • I’m sad
    Thanks Thomas and Vicki for try to answer... I copy and paste the message i have just received from Marc (from Twitter staff) because people here wants to have more details about Twitter policies

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    Here is the message i received today from Twitter (Mark):

    "> Hi,
    >
    > Thanks for your email. The reason you're receiving this error is because
    > you've reached your follow limit. To follow more people you'll first need to
    > remove some followers. This post from our forum may help explain what the
    > limits are and why we made the decision to enforce these limits.
    >
    > http://getsatisfaction.com/twitter/to...
    >
    > If you have any questions please let us know.
    >
    > Cheers,
    >
    > Mark

    ----

    And my answer to Marc :

    Hi Marc,

    Thanks for your answer. But what you mean exactly by SOME followers? Please give me a number. i have read the Twitter article i have commented and in my case, you don't give me any numbers. When you change Terms Of Services or policy, these ones can be clearly enounced and written which is not actually the case (When there are rules on a service like Twitter).

    What do you think to Vicki remarks which are very interesting:
    http://getsatisfaction.com/twitter/to...

    Best regards,

    Jean-Luc
    • Mark did not give you a number because we do not give out specific numbers. The best thing to do when you reach a follow limit is to try and even out your following and follower number. For example, you are following more than 7,000 people, but you have less than 3,000 followers. I would suggest lowering your follower number to match the number of people of following you. This way you will avoid follow limits altogether.
    • Mark did not give you a number because we do not give out specific numbers. The best thing to do when you reach a follow limit is to try and even out your following and follower number. For example, you are following more than 6.800 people, but you have less than 3,000 followers. I would suggest lowering your follower number to match the number of people of following you. This way you will avoid follow limits altogether.
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  • Hi Crystal,

    So please update this information:
    http://help.twitter.com/index.php?pg=...

    because it's not very clear there.
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  • I’m frustrated
    This doesn't really answer the question. It also doesn't let one know how to start a new Twitter account, for example, for a brand. What happens if the brand tries to follow a bunch of people to get established and join the conversation? Is it too late for a new account on twitter to get popular with these limits?
    Don't throw out the baby with the bathwater, people.
    • You're right. My brand, Make Her Squeal From Your Extra Inches Inc, can't follow enough males on Twitter to let them know that @longerdonger wants to follow them (and let them know we're following them with e-mail notices). That ruins my ability to have a conversation with suckers, er, men who need longer dongers.
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  • Yes, because of course, no one except spammers want to start an account on Twitter to talk with their customers any more.
    There's a "block" button when people you don't want to follow you, like @longerdonger, show up. Use it.
    For those of us who actually want to use this system to bring companies into the 21st century concept of listening to their customers, these limits are, well, limiting. So this is an opportunity for a discussion about this. To, well, get satisfaction on the topic.
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  • I’m in a chatty mood.
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    Hi howardgr. Here are some ideas that I hope you'll consider if you're starting out as a company on Twitter.

    1. On your company's website, link to your company's Twitter account.

    - That will bring visitors and potential followers to your Twitter account.

    - It will assure everyone who sees your Twitter account that it is legitimate

    2. Link your Twitter account's Bio URL to the page on your corporate website that talks about your Twitter account

    - The intent is to provide independently verifiable evidence that your Twitter account is legitimate.

    3. Use Twitter Search to find your most devoted customers on Twitter and add one or two dozen of them as friends

    - I would advise against adding more than that if you're just starting out, because you'd look like a spammer.

    - If the people that you've followed are really devoted to your brand, there's a good chance they will tweet about being followed by you and help spread the word about your account without you asking them to do so.

    - follow no more than 5 new people per day after that. If people like your product or your company, they'll add you back, and that should boost your follower numbers and allow you to follow more people.

    4. If you really need to reach out to a specific customer, send an @reply.

    You can send an @reply to anyone, whether or not they're following you.

    And IMHO, it will help if your @reply to them acknowledges their specific problem in some way (meaning it's not a generic @reply) so it feels a lot less spammy.

    For example: Instead of
    "@joe I might be able to help you with that"

    you can send
    "@joe Your speakers are fried? I can help. Send email to help@mycompany.com"

    5. Consider using GSFN's Overheard feature. It's another way to reach out to customers via Twitter

    There's a good overview of the Overheard feature also on the GSFN blog.

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    Some people say they need to follow all their customers on Twitter because this is the only way a customer can send you a direct msg with private information.

    I think the 'private data' requirement is better addressed by simply giving your customers an email address that they can write to. You can always indicate that email address on your Twitter account's Bio info.

    You're always better off getting customers to write you directly anyway, so you can get their email address and reach out to them again later. You can even ask them if they'd like to opt in to any of your other online programs. If you rely solely on Twitter direct messages, you won't be able to directly contact your customers again in the future *except* through Twitter.

    Personally, I feel it's counter-productive to try following *every* Twitter user that mentions your product because, frankly, not every tweet they make is going to be about your product or company anyway.

    The Twitter Search service lets you zero in on the specific tweets that are relevant to you so you don't waste your time wading through unrelated tweets.
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  • The best example I can provide of someone not needing to follow people in order to help them is @firefox_answers. While not an official agent of mozilla, the man must be up 23 hours a day. All he does is use the search.twitter.com service to find posts complaining about Firefox or looking for help, and he @replies them with something that may help the user. I love using @firefox_answers as an example of how companies (yes he's not a company but he still answers questions about a product) can use twitter without following a ton of people that they're actually not interested in.

    Also, whatever mdy said is true and correct. Especially about e-mail, there's 3 quicken employees here and on twitter that just tell people an answer, or a link to the official quicken forum, or their e-mail address. They wanna help, and they know they can have issues that take more than 140 characters to explain. As well, they can use get satisfaction's overheard feature for things that aren't private but take more than 140 characters, as mdy mentioned.
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  • I’m not goingto give up until you fix this.
    Hi guys. I am very frustrated by this issue as well (follow limits). In fact, I've tried Unfollowing a few people so I could follow others, but that has not worked. First off - if they expect us to "clean" our follow list (I didn't know mine was dirty), it might be nice to have some functionality to do that. For example, sort based on frequency of tweets, # of tweets, whether there is a picture, etc. Do you expect me to page through 3600 Twitter followers? BTW - not all of the causes of this issue are created equallly. You are using too broad a brush!

    I also have to tell you - Having a "Get Satisfaction" page up does not constitute Customer Service imho. This conversation feels more like you are jerking us around - providing a space to vent but doing NOTHING about the real problem. I submitted the help form, got an auto reply, and then got another auto reply saying, it's resolved. Sorry but this is not resolved.

    I happen to be one of the most persistent people on the planet, so I will not let up until this is resolved in a way that I accept. For me, that is lifting the limit of who i can follow. M followers are my content / community and i want to manage them the way i see fit.

    We might have to start a twitter revolution supported by the REAL people in your community that have done nothing but support and love Twitter (on panels, in the press, on blogs, on trains, on planes and at the grocery store). I find it hard to believe that you can't use a HUMAN to look at the list and adjust your algorithm appropriately.

    Please call me at 646-408-3318 so that this issues is resolved properly.
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    • While I disagree on the argument that this isn't a good thing, I think you brought up a good point in this post.
      Having a way of filtering the people you follow so you can analyze whether or not they're worth following would be awesome. I have people on my list that I followed when they were active but now they haven't Tweeted in a month or 2. The reason I follow a lot of the people that I do is for Geographic reasons. I use Twitter to stay abreast on what's happening in the places I care about. I want to know if there was a huge fire in Makiki, Hawaii, or if traffic is backed up in the Queen Anne district of Seattle, WA. If those people no longer live in those areas and I hadn't established a bond with that user, I want to know when they move out of that area so I can unfollow them (especially if they're not following me back).
    • I've tried unfollowing as well, and it *still* makes no difference....I'm very much at a loss right now.
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  • I’m sad
    For your information, he took me 5 hours manually to unfollow around 4500 Twitter accounts... I am not really satisfied by the Twitter policy about this because Twitter has changed the rules without being clear openly about the rules. They seem not to consider seriously that there are different uses of twitter uses (not only for business but also to give news, for non profit...) and they put also the same rules for everybody... but i am not sure for everybody (and i quote examples to Crystal - twitter employee). They also seem to forget that Twitter is not only a following-followers tool but a "What are you doing ?" tool this seems you have different ways to exchange with your community not only one to one but also one too many, and many to one. Now the "official" rule seems to be a difference of only 100 following - followers per account with being blocked in the possibility to add followers.

    I do add i have unfollowed all Twitter employees and Ev too (because they don't follow me!!) so i have to restrict strictly this! lol!!! this example just to laugh this rule Crystal gave me (a difference of only 100 following - followers) has no sense.

    I suggest Twitter to work with a researcher in CA in social networks and also with an additional real community manager. Trust and confidence in the users is a good way to walk for the future. These past months and weeks, Twitter has clearly failed about that and this not because Crystal, Mark, Jason... But because decisions or undecisions of Twitter management staff.

    I add that i have had yesterday a long and interesting discussion with Crystal by email about this.

    best regards from Paris - France,

    Jean-Luc
    http://twitter.com/jeanlucr
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  • I find this series of tweets interesting and relevant.




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  • I’m bewildered
    The concept of following/followers twitter is absurd. I see following and unfollowing do not cause a problem in spam. If they want follow me and it is ok with me.

    We understand that when we tweet and the public can watch us. The following feature is to help make our tracking a person easy.

    If I don't want them to follow me, I block.

    If I don't want to follow them, I unfollow.

    It is simple and it doesn't cause spam problem. The spammer is the one that send the direct message and hijack the twitter.

    It is manageable by unfollowing.

    Why can't I follow. Twitter controls me by said "to control the spammers". It is absurd.

    Twitter already empowered us the ability to unfollow, follow, and block. It works great!

    Now, I can't follow due to the spamming problem? When I follow and how can I spam?

    When they follow us, I can spam.

    Limits on following to control the spams don't make sense at all.
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  • So if I hit a rate limit (100 requests per client per hour, because I've been working on a new client), I can't clear it. But can I at least query either

    * how long til the limit is cleared, or
    * how many queries I've made in a given hour?

    Either would make for more effective development time, rather than waiting around until I can make a request again.
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  • tigoe: More info regarding the /account/rate_limit_status API method is available at Twitter Development Talk.
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  • I’m amused
    This is day two for me since Twitter disallowed me from following new ppl. What gives? how long do I have to wait and what is all this about being a well mannered Twittered determines how long I'm restricted?
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  • I’m frustrated
    Then why do I get this message day after day? It's been almost a week now, and I have not been able to add anyone, while I continue to have people add me. I also get a message when I fill out the bug report about this which says I will be contacted soon. I'm guess "soon: is a relative term, since this has been nearly a week and I have heard nothing.
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  • I’m amused.
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    I like what was proposed by Crystal about businesses, and people using Twitter for business, using the search and @reply feature to have conversations instead, of mass-following everyone that's used a keyword.
    This way companies have to engage the customer via @replies and then the user can determine if they want to engage the conversation, block the user/spammer, follow the user, etc.
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  • It's all very well saying you'll unfollow a spanner but these things take time and when you get more than 6 in half an hour, it gets very time consuming. I've got no problem with legitimate companies but there are quite a few that keep coming back under different user names with over 2000 people that they follow. As they appear to have just joined, it makes a mockery of your limits
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  • What is twitter doing about this?

    I thought it was a ratio thing that's limiting. I have almost 700 followers. I was not able to follow more. I thought if I unfollow people that would help. But now I have unfollowed almost everyone, under 100 I'm following, including people who I said I'm following back, and I still can't follow more!!!

    This is extremely frustrating, when I have emailed Twitter support 3 times, with no response. The whole concept is flawed in the first place.

    If this continues I am sure plenty of people will stop using twitter.

    Would appreciate if you guys can look into this for me. Twitter username is HongKongWong.
    • When did you do this? I think it takes a day or so to take effect, and 3 e-mails in one day sounds like starting 3 different support tickets, which is sure to annoy them more than inspire them to want to help you.
    • Let me clarify.

      This problem commenced almost a month ago. Twitter limit, when I had about 600 I was following, 700 that were following me. Said the ratio was the problem. I started to unfollow people. Went down to about 400. Still can't follow more.

      Emailed Twitter 3.5 weeks ago. No reply. Emailed them again 2 weeks ago, and about 5 days ago. Still no reply. So I thought 'oh maybe I just need to unfollow more'

      So in the last few days I unfollowed almost 300 more people, now down to just under 100 I'm following, with still over 650 that are following me (obviously I lost followers because I was unfollowing so many). And still can't follow anyone. And I'm about to give up on twitter as this kind of renders the whole point of twitter for me useless.

      My emails were pretty spaced out imo and somewhat reasonable in view that I didn't get a reply whatsoever. I only just found out about getsatisfaction, otherwise I would have posted here instead!
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  • Rick Sanchez from CNN claims to be receiving preferential treatment

    **from Rick's producer** Twitter folks tell us the "follow limit" issue is a bug. They are working to fix it now.
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  • I’m confused
    The twitter limit for number of people you follow could lead to people using multiple accounts.

    I use Twitter to understand a group with similar interests. One easy one to reference is Realtors. I am interested in what is going on in the local markets and I want the local view. Twitter Realtors might be a self-selecting group but it still works for me. If I follow a lot there is little reason why they would follow me back. Somewhat asymetric information flow by design.

    Hitting the limit without any real information about what my choices are leads me to consider just watching different accounts when I want to understand different topics. Maybe not post from different accounts submitting a Tweet has a different purpose than observing a group.

    I get the idea that keeping some things quiet makes it easier to fight SPAM. I do not see why following too many triggers SPAM if I am following but not many are following me. It could be that I am just naive on this one.
    • Hi REI. "Follow spam" works this way:

      1. Twitter lets us specify if we want to be notified when someone follows us. I think it's safe to assume that a lot of users leave that setting on by default.

      2. Spammers create a lot of accounts and start following thousands of other users with each account. Before follow limits were imposed, there were spam accounts that would follow well over 10,000 users. This causes Twitter to send "you have a new follower" email notification to all the people who were followed.

      3. People who receive the "new follower' email notification are curious to see who has followed them. So they go visit the profile, only to find that their new follower is someone whose only tweet is an ad and a link to the product that the spammer is pushing.

      Twitter consequently started capping the number of people that we can follow to limit the annoyance that is caused by a mass-following spammy account before Twitter gets a chance to suspend it.

      I know this doesn't really solve your immediate problem, but I hope the info helps answer one of your questions.
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  • I’m frustrated
    So Twitter has imposed an arbitrary cap because users are too stupid to change their settings? Brilliant!

    Ken
    • Are you crazy? I'm not just calling you names, I'm quite curious. Did you set it so if someone tries to friend you on myspace or facebook, you don't get a notice? People like to know who's following them, and an e-mail letting them know is a good way to do it. It is pretty hard to advocate disabling e-mail notices of new followers, especially when so many people find it useful. I have not once seen in this thread (before your post) someone advocate setting the default to "don't let me know a spammer is following me and potentially reading my posts". In fact, several people in this thread advocate FOR the e-mail notices, claiming they're following their customers or people that they're interested in and they think might be interested back. For example, @tweetupbadges follows people who mention tweetups and offers their services. That's not spam, that's thoughtful marketing. Think before you post.
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  • I’m frustrated
    I was only trying to suggest that if it's an annoyance, it seems like a better idea to disable the notification system than to set arbitrary limits for everyone.

    Nice opening line, though, genius.

    Ken
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  • Being followed by a large number of spam followers is far more annoying. I've had to protect my updates to stop them and I need the email notification to let me know when I've got a genuine follower. If you've not experienced 10 followers in 1 hour all with the same ad which can range from lame to pornographic, you will have no idea what it's like.
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  • I’m frustrated
    Isn't that what the settings are for? Can't you set them so you approve followers? I know many on Twitter do that.
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  • Here's an idea: let me block someone via the lingo so that I can do it from my twitter client without loading the website.
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  • People should be able to follow and be followed by an unlimited number. I can see restricting tweets and directs, but limiting the service's ability to serve as an information feed is nuts.
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  • I have hit the 2000 follower limit and I can no longer add users to my account even though I have people requesting me. Yes I don't have a 1:1 following ratio but I am not some crazy spammer. I have a semi popular blog and people keep adding me... How to I get my limits raised besides being Robert Scoble or someone like that.
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  • I’m frustrated
    I am well under 2,000 (1,105), but still unable to be following more. Only reply I receive to query leads to this page. This is not helpful for me. Limit may be best if equal to at least double number of followers (567 x 2 = 1134)
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  • I’m irritated even more after Twitter Support finally replied back to my open ticket
    I too have also hit the 2000 follower limit and can no longer add users to my account. I find it a necessity to continue to follow new people who follow me. I don't go around spamming people and have a genuine interest in everybody that follows me - and the people that I follow.

    I can understand limits of number of tweets per hour or minute or stuff that can affect the twitter servers .. but I don't see how limiting my followers saves twitter.

    Please remove the ban from my account.

    HART aka PetLvr
    HART-Empire Network.
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  • I’m frustrated
    I'm with you, I'm annoyed by Twitter's 2,000 following limit
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  • I can understand having following limits on NEW follows, but we should be able to follow those following US without limits. How can we show mutual "respect" to those following us if we can't follow them... hmmmmmmmm!!
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