Twitter has increased their current follow limit from 2,000 to 5,000 accounts. This increased follow limit is applicable to all Twitter users. Those of you who have been longing to follow several thousand more Twitter accounts can now go ahead and do so.
Personally, I don’t see the appeal of being able to follow 5,000 people. I’m following less than 300 Twitter accounts, and every so often it feels like too much and I start whittling that number down (for my own sanity). I suspect that brands who use Twitter will take advantage of the increased follow limit to connect with more potential customers.
Twitter announced this change in the form of a tweet on their @Support account. Of course, they did. Where could possibly be a more appropriate place to put this sort of announcement?
Starting today, we are increasing our current follow limit from 2,000 to 5,000 accounts for all users: https://t.co/Yxx66XESMf
— Twitter Support (@Support) October 27, 2015
There are some limitations to be aware of. Twitter takes a look every user’s “ratio of followers to following”. Every user can now follow 5,000 accounts. Some users can follow more.
For example, if you are only followed by 100 accounts, Twitter will not let you follow 10,000 accounts. Twitter will let you know when you hit your limit by showing you an error message. Later, when more accounts are following you, Twitter will allow you to follow more accounts. The purpose of this limitation seems to be to prevent spam accounts from putting a strain on the site.