Followers and Following - Twitter for Home Business - Page 2
BEWARE OF “FOLLOW” LIMITS
In 2008, a sliding-scale limit of people you could “follow” was imposed by Twitter to reduce or eliminate spam. It didn’t appear to affect everybody, and the “follow” limit seemed to be around 2000. If you already followed more than 2000 people, it didn’t matter.
Essentially, there is no limit to the number of “followers” you can have, it’s just the “follow” piece. There is an unwritten rule that the number of people that you “follow” cannot be any less than 10% of the people “following” you.
Here is an example:
- You have 1950 “followers” (approaching 2000)
- 10% of that is 195
- 1950 plus 195 = 2145 “followers”
- This means you cannot “follow” more than 2145 people
When your “followers” increase by 10% then you can “follow” more people
- 2145 “followers” + 10% (214) = 2359
- You can now “follow” up to 2359 people
- and it continues
That is why it is essential to manage your Twitter account by unfollowing people who don’t follow you. So, practice this from the start, and as you approach the 2000 followers mark, you should be able to more easily manage the 10% buffer.
Twitter is free, but as with all social media it is time consuming unless you set up your own personal routines and practices. Start with these simple tips and as you master them, and learn more about Twitter, you can move on to some automated tools. For now, have fun looking for like-minded people and those that can help you build your business.