Unable to follow anyone else in Twitter?

Have you hit the Twitter 2000 Limit?

 Social Media for Business


Have you tried to FOLLOW someone in twitter, and been unable to? You get a message along the lines of “You are unable to follow more people at this time


This is due to the Twitter 2000 Limit.

Twitter 200 limit

Twitter sets a limit to the number of people you can follow, in comparison to the number of people who follow you.

Twitter don’t publish an exact figure, but it appears that you can’t follow more than 10% more than follow you.

If you are following less than 2000 people, that is no problem.

Follow 2000 and have only 1 follower – still no problem. Although you might want to ask why nobody is following you!

Follow 2001 – that’s when the problem hits you!



  • Follow 1000, with 300 Following – no problem
  • Follow 2000, with 300 Following – no problem
  • Follow 2001, with 300 Following – BANG! You hit the limit, and can’t follow any more.
  • Follow 2001, with 1850 Following – should be fine, as the count of people you are following is within 10% of the count of people who are following you.


Twitter don’t give an exact number, so don’t quote me, but you get the idea.

Clear? Good.


What I tend to see is people join Twitter. They then follow lots of people to see what is going on. If they are posting interesting and useful Tweets themselves, then many of those people will follow them back. Consume AND Contribute.


However, if they are not posting much, or posting mainly spam, or adverts, then many people will not follow back. Or they will follow back, and then unfollow a while later.


So is there a solution?


It depends what you are trying to do, but here are a few ideas…

  1. Post more interesting stuff yourself – people are more likely to follow you.
  2. ReTweet and Comment on posts you find interesting. The authors of those posts might Follow you.
  3. Use a tool like Untweeps to identify people you are following that are not tweeting very often – you could unfollow those, to create space to follow more people.


I hope that helps.

Follow me on Twitter @ChrisSmith_UK


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Bye for Now

Chris Smith

Chris Smith