2008 / 11 August

Twitter Limits Following to 2,000

Twitter has always been looking for better ways to combat spammers and it appears they have recently added a new measure to combat one aspect of gaming.

User can now only follow up to 2,000 friends before being limited and receiving this error message.

I noticed this over the weekend when working on one of my accounts. I have had the account a long time and it has a high natural follower count, but found myself limited when I hit the 2,000 number of people I was following.

I went and read the following section on their supposed “following limits”:

“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.”

it also indicated that the limit was based on a 24 hour period so I decided to quit working on the account for the weekend and pick up again on Monday.

This morning I went to test and see if I could follow more than 2,000 and found that I was still given the error message.

I talked to a buddy, who did the same test over the weekend, and as of today he also has the same message and result.

A quick search on the web found a blog post from last month mentioning the change as of July 11, 2008, so this must have been in effect for about a month now. Another member was found posting in Twitter about it on August 2.

I am still unsure if maybe it is only certain people effected by the apparent following cap or if it is every Twitter user that is effected.

EDIT: Twitter user “jpostman” sent me a link to an update from one of Twitter’s technical support staff verifying that there are limits that change for each person.

Also Twitter user “NicoleSimon” took her following count from below 2,000 to 2,056 proving that it is possible if you have the right ratio or account trust.

EDIT – Aug. 12, 2008: The co-founder of Twitter, Evan Williams, commented on GigaOm’s post saying:

“Om, I’m afraid this has gotten confused. There is no limit to the number of followers you can have.

There is a limit to the number of people you can *follow*. This is mostly to reduce spam and depends on a number of factors. More details here: (link)”

If you have anything to add or an account that has been able to cross the 2,000 follower mark in the last month, please comment below.

  • There are 2 follow limits on Twitter. The first is the 2000 limit which everyone has been discussing. How that works, is when you have followed 2000 people, you can't follow any more until you have 10% more followers than the number you have followed, and this ratio applies from there on up.

  • So, you indicate that you need to accumulate approximately 90% followers compared to following or about 1800+ if you have reached 2000 that you follow. Wow! That seems like a near impossibility!

  • It's really annoying, but quite logical!

  • Well I Wish I could follow more people. I think 'll quit twitter. It sort of sucks!

  • I close to surpass the 2,000 Twitter limit.
    Just few more followers. 😉

  • pissed off! / May 22, 2011 AT 9:18 AM

    @emmamcgarry is my twitter account.
    im actually getting fed up with only being allowed to follow 2000, because i have loyal followers that i cant follow back due to this limit. its stupid, because sites that let you BULK unfollow people that dont follow you back have been stopped by twitter so that you cant use them! twitter either needs to show you who isnt following you back, or sort this out. twitter is going to lose a lot of users.

  • I've been following 2,000 for a few months now, and still can follow any more than this. I now have just over 500 followers and have made about the same number of tweets. I imagine once these two go up I will be allowed to start following more ppl… Quite annoying to say the least! @sam_anyroad

  • They are going to make you pay to follow more. Why wouldn't they? It's brilliant… and awful.