Twitter and the Follow Limit of 2000 Rule

Twitter and the Follow Limit of 2000 Rule

Pittsburgh, PA - In the course of our Social Media Marketing Campaigns we, at Blackball Online have found that Twitter really drives traffic to our website. We used the tools we had read about in our research of this medium to boost and analyze our visitors we gained from Twitter. View our past blog posts on Twitter to read about these tools. We follow all of those who follow us.

Once we reached 2000 followers, Twitter would not allow us to follow any more people. So, we did some research. When we checked out the help button on Twitter’s Navigation Bar we found this:

“What are follow limits?”

Twitter recently added follow and update limits for stability and abuse control.  You can read more about this here.

I can understand Twitter’s need to protect the integrity of its API from spammers, Bots and auto-generating Tweet tools that place an extreme burden on the servers, but please let me know what the ratio is. It states,

“We've also placed limits on the number of people you can follow. The number is different for everyone, and is based on a ratio that changes as the account changes. If you hit a follow limit, you must balance your follower/following ratio in order to follow more people- basically, you can't follow 50,000 people if only 23 people follow you. Based on current behavior in the Twitter community, we've concluded that this is both fair and reasonable.”

I am not, however, a fan of the statement that the number is different for everyone. I have sent requests with no replies from Twitter as of yet. Maybe this post will help. I have noticed many of our followers have hit the same limits in their accounts. Possibly Twitter could be a little more transparent with their rules. By the same token Twitter is growing into their role like most of us.

If you are aware of the ratio of followers/following that allows users to follow over 2000 people, please let us know by commenting on this post for all to see. We at Blackball Online and the many other Twitter users who are affected would be greatly appreciative.

The first article below suggests that the number of followers to following is within 180 tweeps (people). So if I were to follow 2001 people, I would need at least 1821 followers. But to follow 1 more I would need to unfollow 1 – thus keeping the ratio within 180. If this is true, this is another hurdle to building a following. The article also offers some strategies for building a powerful and robust Twitter network. It is definitely worth the read.

Clearly Twitter is still going through many growing pains and this will all need to be worked out. I just wish they had a central source with definitive answers to this and other questions.

Other links to this topic:

http://www.blackhatworld.com/blackhat-seo/social-networking-sites/40745-twitter-2000-fix.html

http://www.techcrunch.com/2008/08/12/twitters-2000-follow-limit-raises-a-ruckus-but-how-many-people-can-you-seriously-keep-track-of-anyway/trackback/

http://getsatisfaction.com/twitter/topics/what_happens_if_i_hit_a_twitter_limit

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