UPDATE, July 21 — People are still having a problem. I seem to have escaped the worst. I have radically pared down my following list — aiming at a max of 2000 as recommended by Twitter. And I daily ensure that everyone I am following is following me.
The following note was posted here. It reiterates the Twitter policy but makes it clear that the system is presently broken — aka there are apparently bugs aplenty. When they are fixed, the policy will presumably be in effect.
However I feel it needs to be stated with more precision so that people know exactly what they can and cannot do. In what amounts and when.
Guys, I’ve udpated this page to include information on Twitter’s follow rules, and I’ll add the same comments below. You’re not able to follow because of a bug– I had marked it as fixed but it’s still broken. Here is the info I posted in the main thread as well:
What are the follow limits?
Twitter enforces a following limit of 2000 people per account, unless you have more than 2,000 followers yourself. If you have more than 2,000 followers, you’re able to follow a number that is different for every account, based on the number of people who follow you. You can always follow 2,000 people– if more than 2,000 follow you, you can follow a number higher than 2,000 that is determined by the number of people following you.
Then why am I being limited?
If you’re not following 2,000 people yet, and you’re still unable to follow, you’re experiencing a bug. Twitter is experiencing several bugs right now, including:
- Tweets from people you block show up in your timeline
- Tweets from people you never followed show up in your timeline
- Can’t un-follow someone
- Can’t follow someone
We are working on all of these issues, not being able to follow is but one of them. While we have these bugs, all of the numbers for followings, followers, direct messages, and more will be incorrect. Thanks for your patience.