Does Twitter Limit the Number of People You Can Follow?

Twitter doesn't just limit the number of followers

Yes, it's true. There are limits to the number of followers you can have on Twitter. And it's not the only limit the social media platform has set in place. Here's a list of other things it restricts:

  • Number of Followers
  • Daily Update Limits
  • Daily Direct Messages
  • Daily API Requests

Here's what you need to know about follower limits, including the number of direct messages you can send, the maximum API requests you can make, and more.

Twitter Daily Update Limits

You can publish up to 2,400 total updates to your Twitter account per day from all devices combined (Web, cell phone, etc.). When you surpass this number in a 24-hour period, you won't be able to make any additional updates until the time period passes.

Retweets are counted as tweets.

Twitter Daily Direct Message Limits

Twitter limits direct messages to 1,000 total per day on all devices (Web, cell phone, etc.). You can always ask people to send messages to your personal email account as an alternative to Twitter DMs.

Twitter Daily API Request Limits

You can only make up to 150 API (application programming interface) requests to Twitter per hour. An API request is counted each time you refresh your Twitter page. In other words, an API request is counted each time you perform a function on Twitter. There's no way to keep track of your API requests, and most Twitter users are unlikely to reach the per hour limit (third-party Twitter application developers and power business users are the audiences most likely to be affected by this). However, TweetDeck does allow you to keep track of your Twitter API requests if you want to do so.

Twitter Follower Limits

You can follow up to 400 people on Twitter per day. You can follow up to 5,000 people total on Twitter without any problems. Twitter following limits are based on the ratio of the number of people you follow to the number of people who follow you. The limits vary based on that ratio. There's no set ratio to guide you, so the best course of action, once you follow 5,000 people, is to make sure you're increasing the number of people who follow you as well.