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Thursday, April 02, 2009 

Why Can't I Follow Anymore Peeps on Twitter?

by Madalyn Sklar

In case you didn't know, Twitter has set in place follow limits. And you're probably saying to yourself, what does that mean? Well, I'll tell ya. In order for Twitter to keep their system from overloading (but I love the whale image when they overload!) and spammer abuse, they decided last year to place some limits on how much you can do.

If you go to I can't follow people: follow limits on Twitter's help page you will learn more about it. Click on the link for details, but I'll go ahead and fill you in.

You've hit a Twitter limit if you do one of these:

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

  • Recently one of my clients hit a follow limit of 2000. That means they cannot follow anyone new until they delete some and get their following and follower numbers closer together.

    Here's what I did to remedy the situation:



    Remember, Twitter is an opt-in community, not a mutual one like Myspace and Facebook. It's one-way. People don't have to follow you back so it's easy to end up following more. Make it about reaching your audience who would be interested in you and follow you back.



    So watch your numbers (following vs followers) and keep them close like mine above. Once you reach 2000 peeps you are following, your going to need to be at or near 2000 followers in order to move forward.

    Hope this Twitter Tip was helpful! I'd love your input and any advice you'd like to share on this subject.

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    Madalyn Sklar is a music business coach & consultant, blogger, social networks expert and author. She has spent over 13 years helping independent musicians and music business professionals achieve greater success. Her motto is: working smarter not harder. She also founded GoGirlsMusic.com, the oldest + largest online community of indie women musicians.

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    Hey Madalyn - that's actually a great tip you gave out. Musicians are used to the Myspace mindset, where its all a numbers game. Twitter create "hopefully" authentic conversations and by being opt-in, people will hopefully care more about what you have to say.

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