Twitter Increases Follow Limit From 2,000 to 5,000 Accounts

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Twitter Increases Follow Limit From 2,000 to 5,000 Accounts

Twitter’s support team announced today the number of accounts you can follow has increased from 2,000 to 5,000.

This applies to all users, with some exceptions for those who wish to follow more accounts.

If you hit the new limit of follow 5,000 accounts and want to add more, Twitter may allow you depending on how many people follow you.

“When you hit this limit, we’ll tell you by showing an error message in your browser. You’ll need to wait until you have more followers in order to follow more users—for example, you can’t follow 10,000 people if only 100 people follow you.”

In addition, Twitter will be monitoring and cracking down on aggressive following, as well as following and unfollowing.

The company has updated its following rules and best practices to indicate that it’s not acceptable to mass follow a large number of accounts. It is also not considered acceptable to repeatedly follow and unfollow others.

Twitter considers this type of activity to be “spam tactics”, and warns that it may lead to account suspension.

These new guidelines come into effect today and will apply to all users.

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Matt Southern
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  • Tarun Gupta

    Well Matt! thanks for you sharing nice information. So what about those people who are already following more than 5k users.

  • Amar

    More headroom for everyone. Excellent move, however with 5,000 user ceiling; should you really be following 5,000 people?

  • Oliver Warders

    Interesting. They could be expanding so in a way this move is very smart. It will allow users to follow users that they did not yet follow and it helps people more.

  • Ruchi

    This is indeed a good news for users who built their followers organically otherwise there was such a limit set :(…Your post is really veryinformative and new to me .. Thanks