By following Twitter accounts you will receive all the latest tweets on your newsfeed. Following Twitter accounts that you are interested in helps you not to miss all the latest happenings.
However, Twitter has set certain follow limits to prevent spammers from massive following/unfollowing, as Twitter is always trying to improve user experience on Twitter. You may not be the spammer, but you can still face certain Twitter follow limits.
In this article you are going to find out how many people you can follow on Twitter in total & what are the Twitter daily follow limits.
Let’s get started!
How many people can you follow on Twitter in total?
Twitter has set total following and daily follow limits. In this chapter I am going review how many followings you can have in total on your account.
Twitter has officially stated that Twitter users can follow up to 5000 accounts in total. Even if your account has zero followers, you can still follow up to 5000 people.
However, there are some exceptions to this rule for accounts with bigger audience. It is understandable that Twitter profile with 100k followers may want to legitimately follow more than 5000 people.
Twitter understands that and lets users to follow more people proportionally to their audience (ratio of followers to followings). Users are able to follow 10% more people than they have their own followers.
For example, if user has 8000 followers, he can follow up to 8800 people himself. Consequently, user with 50000 followers may follow up to 55000 people. Simple as that.
It means that if you only have a few hundred of followers but want to follow more than 5000 users, then you will need to wait until you gather more followers yourself.
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What are the Twitter daily follow limits?
Since 2019 March Twitter changed its daily follow limits. Earlier, every Twitter account was able to follow up to 1000 people per day with no issues at all.
However, after recent update only verified Twitter accounts (with blue badge) are allowed to follow 1000 users per day.
For all others (unverified Twitter accounts), daily following limit has been reduced to 400 users per day.
The new limit has been created to stop spammers following and unfollowing huge amount of users because by doing that they are only trying to increase their own followers count. This is also commonly called as “follower churn” or “aggressive follower churn” marketing method.
Are there any other follow restrictions?
Twitter also has set other restrictions regarding following other people. Restrictions apply for:
- “Follower churn” – as described earlier, it is a mass following and unfollowing with the effort to gain more followers;
- Duplicating followers – simply viewing other (most commonly competitor’s) Twitter account’s followers and mass following them with the effort to gather the same audience;
- Using third-party apps or services to follow or unfollow.
What happens after you reach the follow limit?
After you reach the follow limit, you will be displayed an error message stating “You are unable to follow more people at this time”. After you see such message, I would recommend to stop performing a particular action of following/unfollowing and give your Twitter account some rest.
This follow limit should be lifted after a day or two, so don’t worry about it.
However, if you have just a few followers but you are following 5000 people, then this follow limit won’t be lifted until you get more followers.
As I have stated earlier, everyone can follow 5000 people, but to follow more than that you need to have an established and big followers base.
I hope that you found this guide helpful and now know how many people you can follow on Twitter and its daily limits. If you have any more questions regarding to this topic, then leave a comment below!