It can be very frustrating when you log into your twitter account to follow more people and you discover that you can’t ,at this point you probably asked yourself questions such as ,what is wrong ? Has my account been hacked? Did I break any twitter rule?
The answer is that your prohibition from following other Twitter accounts can be due to the following reasons.
1• Your account may be locked. Twitter may
lock an account, which prohibits actions
like following, if it appears to be
compromised or if it is in violation of the
Twitter Rules or Terms of Service.
2• You may have hit a follow limit.
Twitter has imposed reasonable limits to
help prevent system strain and to limit abuse.
Twitter’s technical follow limits:
*. Every account can follow 5,000 users
total. Once you’ve followed 5,000 users,
there are limits to the number of
additional users you can follow. This
number is different for each account and
is based on your ratio of followers to
following; this ratio is not published.
Follow limits cannot be lifted by Twitter
and everyone is subject to limits, even
high profile and API accounts.
*. Every Twitter account is technically
unable to follow more than 1,000 users
per day, in addition to the account-
based limits above. Please note that
this is just a technical limit to prevent
egregious abuse from spam accounts.
*. Accounts are also prohibited from
aggressively following other users.
What to do if you’ve hit a follow limit:
If you’ve reached the account-based follow
limit (5,000 users), you’ll need to wait until
you yourself have more followers before you
can follow additional users. Follow limits are
system-wide; Support cannot remove or adjust
your follow limits.
To follow one or two additional users, unfollow
a few accounts you’re currently following.
Please note, however, that regularly following
and unfollowing many accounts at a time is a
violation of the Twitter Rules and can result in
**Why Twitter limits following behavior:
These limits help twitter improve site performance
and reliability and help us make Twitter a nice
place for everyone.