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Is Twitter’s thousand-per-day follower limit really a problem?

I must admit to being a little perplexed by some of the reactions to Twitter imposing a thousand-per-day limit on the number of people users can follow.

Perhaps that suggests that I’m not a power user, and it certainly means that I’m not employing any celebrity or monetary tactics to improve my count (though if a charity benefits, I won’t complain much).

I do get that it’s something else that’s causing an issue for Twitter developers, particularly those involved with auto-follow apps. Thing is, I don’t really agree with auto-following people. To me, that implies that the Twitter users are blindly reciprocating just because they feel they ought to.

Now, I have recently subscribed to the viewpoint that it is good to reciprocate follows – however I do so manually. Granted, I only get a handful of new followers each day at present so it’s no great problem, but it does mean I have a better chance at weeding out spammers from the outset.

I just can’t get my head around the concept that anyone getting over one thousand follows per day can possibly keep up following them all back. There must come a point where reciprocating becomes meaningless?

I don’t really have an answer to this (there probably isn’t one) but I’d be interested to hear your views.

As a closing note, though, I do find it all rather daft when I read certain users calling Twitter’s actions “corrupt” and likening them to the Iranian government. It’s definitely time to tweet less about Twitter and more about life itself.

Author: Andy Merrett

19 thoughts on “Is Twitter’s thousand-per-day follower limit really a problem?

  1. I don’t.

    Maybe I just suck at Twitter but I can only follow about 100 people. If I add someone then I generally delete someone that I have lost interest in.

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  3. Twitter is so popular nowadays that they are limiting the number of followers. But somehow I also agree on some of the comments here that…they are doing this to avoid spammers and also the worms that spreading across twitter.

  4. I think the only problem arises is when you use auto-follow. But then again, for an average twitter user you wouldn’t reach 1K follows every day.

  5. Limiting the number of followers simply states that twitter is really well-known.
    I’d love twitter so much..
    More friends… more happiness..
    glad there’s twitter.
    Actually, it’s nice that there’s this limit..
    To avoid over population..
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  6. I am really confused about the following limits now. Earlier it used to be that I could follow 10% more than number of my followers. By limiting following to 1000 per day makes sense but does that mean that the accounts having less than 3000 followers (just an example) can now follow 1000 people as well? That is much more than the 110% of the followers. Otherwise, earlier according to the 1.1 ratio or 110%, an account having 3000 followers could only follow 3300 people max.

    Can anyone here please clarify this point to me?

  7. Maybe limiting follower is not really a problem thought many are contradicting about this issue..but its also helpful to us because it lessen/stop the rising of the spammers and also the worms that spreading across the twitter…

  8. I don’t.

    Maybe I just suck at Twitter but I can only follow about 100 people. If I add a new person I usually delete someone else that I have lost interest in.

  9. I don’t.

    Maybe I just suck at Twitter but I can only follow about 100 people. If I add someone then I generally delete someone that I have lost interest in.

  10. The thing that confuses me is the purpose of the limit. If it is server issues or something like that, then fine.

    If it isn’t, then I just don’t get why they would want to limit/dictate how users can/should use their tool. If I want to follow all the money related folks on twitter and create a streaming keyword graph or just keep general tabs on the pulse of the talk then why shouldn’t I be able too.

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