Does Twitter Limit the Number of People You Can Follow?

Twitter doesn't just limit the number of followers

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You've heard the rumors about it and maybe you've even hit some of the limits, but, yes, it's true: There are limits to the number of followers you can have. Keep in mind that the number of followers isn't the only limit Twitter has set in place. Here's a list of what they keep limits on:

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

Daily Update Limits

You can publish up to 1,000 total updates to your Twitter account per day from all devices combined (Web, cell phone, etc.). When you surpass 1,000 updates in a 24-hour period, you won't be able to make any additional updates until the time period passes.

Daily Direct Message Limits

Twitter limits direct messages to 250 total per day on all devices (Web, cell phone, etc.). As an alternative to Twitter direct messages, you can always ask people to send messages to your personal email account.

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, each time you perform a function on Twitter, an API request is counted. There is no way to keep track of your API requests, and most Twitter users are unlikely to reach the 100 API requests per hour limit (third-party Twitter application developers and power business users are the audiences most likely to be affected by the Twitter daily API request limit). However, TweetDeck does allow you to keep track of your Twitter API requests if you want to do so.

Follower Limits

You can follow up to 5,000 people on Twitter without any problems, but once you follow 5,001 or more people, you'll face following limits. Twitter following limits are based on the ratio of the number of people you follow to the number of people who follow you. Twitter following limits vary based on that ratio. There is no set ratio to guide you, so the best course of action, once you follow 5,000 people, is to make sure you're building the number of people who follow you as well.