Dave Zoradi is ManageFlitter's U.S. based customer support representative.
At some point after creating a Twitter account you may bump up against various limits or rules that Twitter has in place. These limitations set by Twitter do not discriminate and they apply to all Twitter users.
We've outlined the most common Twitter limits below.
1. Tweets Can Only Include 140 Characters.
Twitter only allows a maximum of 140 characters for each tweet. Characters are defined as:
- Twitter @usernames
- Website links and image links (links do automatically get shortened into a short url).
Twitter was originally developed to send 'Tweets' via SMS messaging on mobile devices. SMSs at the time restricted users to communicate with only 160 characters per message. The Twitter founders set the Tweet limit of 140 characters limit (with an additional 20 spaces allocated for the @username) and this limit remains unchanged.
2. Follow Up To 1 000 Twitter Accounts Per Day.
Every Twitter user is technically able to follow up to 1 000 Twitter accounts per 24 hours. We recommend that people only follow 100 users per day to avoid being flagged by Twitter for aggressive following or churn.
To learn more about aggressive following and how to avoid suspension - check out our blogpost How To Avoid Twitter Suspension.
3. Follow 2 000 Users In Total.
Once a Twitter user follows 2 000 Twitter accounts in total, a following limit is activated. To continue to follow additional accounts on Twitter, your 'follower to following ratio' must change.
According to the Twitter help section:
"If you've reached the account-based follow limit (2,000 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."
Using ManageFlitter you can quickly identify and unfollow Twitter accounts that are spammy, inactive or don't follow you back to help keep you below the 2000 following limit.
To learn more about avoiding this limit check out our blogpost Think You're Stuck At Following 2,000 on Twitter? Think Again!
4. Tweet Up To 2 400 Times Per Day.
Every Twitter user is limited to posting a maximum of 2 400 tweets per day. This limit includes re-tweeting as well as @reply tweets to other Twitter users.
The tweet limit is further broken down into semi-hourly intervals. If you hit this limit, try tweeting again in a few hours after the limit period has elapsed.
ManageFlitter users on a Pro or Business plan have the ability to schedule all tweets in advance using PowerPost. This will allow you to view all the pending tweets you have scheduled and keep tabs on how many more tweets you can post for the rest of the day.
5. Send Up To 1 000 Direct Messages Per Day.
Twitter limits the number of direct messages your account can send in 24 hours to 1 000. Direct message's are private conversations you can choose to have with a specific Twitter user. This message will not be seen by any other Twitter followers you have.
6. Create Up To 1 000 Twitter Lists.
Twitter limits each user to a maximum of 1 000 lists per account with each list containing up to 5 000 Twitter accounts.
Twitter lists are a great way to streamline the content you view on Twitter. If your newsfeed feels overly cluttered, create a list and add specific users to create an alternate newsfeed.
Twitter accounts do not need to be followed in order to be placed in a Twitter list. In theory this will allow your account to access up to 5 million Twitter users tweets without hitting the 2 000 following limit!
Smaller Twitter accounts looking to grow your following numbers can use this feature to help gain followers without needing to aggressively follow new Twitter accounts. You can also use ManageFlitter to edit or create new Twitter lists.
7. Keep Your Twitter Username Under 15 characters.
Every Twitter account username is limited to 15 characters. The Twitter username can only contain letters A-Z, numbers 0-9, and underscores. Make sure your desired username doesn't contain any symbols, dashes, or spaces.
8. Unfollow & Block All You Like!
There is no defined limit for the number of unfollows and blocks you can perform over 24 hours. Note however that Twitter doesn't like account churn - rapid following and unfollowing of accounts.
The limits outlined above include actions from all devices including web, mobile, and third-party applications.
For limits that are time-based (including: direct messages and tweets) you'll be able to try again after the time limit has elapsed.
We hope this that information helps you understand and avoid Twitter's limits.