Twitter Support :: I can’t follow people: follow limits

Limits on Twitter

Twitter has imposed reasonable limits to help prevent system and user abuse. If you hit a technical limit, we’ll tell you by showing an error message in your browser when you try to perform an action. If you’ve hit a limit, it means you’ve exceeded one of these limits:

  • 1,000 updates per day
  • 250 direct messages per day
  • 150 API requests per hour
  • Follow limit

You can find our info page on Update and API Limits here.

What are the follow limits?

We do not limit the number of people who can follow you, but we have put limits on how aggressively users can follow others. Every user can follow 2000 people total. Once you’ve followed 2000 users, there are limits to the number of additional users you can follow: this limit is different for every user and is based on your ratio of followers to following. The Follow Limits and Best Practices help page has more information on Twitter’s follow limits and recommended practices. Follow limits cannot be lifted by Twitter and everyone is subject to follow limits, even high profile and API accounts.

But I’m white listed!

Some API administrators have whitelist status so their applications can function without hitting system limits for direct messages, etc. Whitelisting means that an application can have more API requests per hour; it does not increase the follow limits. All whitelisted accounts are still subject to follow limits.


If I hit a limit, what should I do?

  • If you’ve reached a daily limit, wait 24 hours (or one hour for API requests) and you’ll be able to perform the action again.
  • If you’ve reached a follow limit, you’ll need to wait until you have more followers before you can follow additional users. Follow limits are systematic. Support cannot remove follow limits.


Why does Twitter have follow limits at all? Do you think I’m a spammer?

Hitting a follow limit does not mean we think you’re a spammer. These limits help us improve site performance and reliability and helps us make Twitter a nice place for everyone. We’ve included a more in-depth discussion of why we have follow limits on the Follow Limits and Best Practices help page.

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