Twitter Jail

Recently, I have come across people being put in Twitter Jail. What is it all about? Well….

Twitter Jail occurs when you exceed the total daily limits set out by twitter here!

Twitter Jail

The current technical limits for accounts are:

  • Direct Messages: 250 per day.
  • Updates/Tweets: 1,000 per day. The daily update limit is further broken down into smaller limits for semi-hourly intervals. Retweets are counted as updates.
  • Changes to Account Email: 4 per hour.
  • Following (daily): Please note that this is a technical account limit only, and there are additional rules prohibiting aggressive following behavior. The technical follow limit is 1,000 per day.
  • Following (account-based): Once an account is following 2,000 other users, additional follow attempts are limited by account-specific ratios.
Twitter Jail Message

Why have a Twitter Jail?

Well, these limits alleviate some of the strain on the behind-the-scenes part of Twitter and reduce downtime and error pages. For the sake of reliability, we’ve placed some limits on account actions like: following, API requests, direct messages, and updates.

I imagine this was created to deal with spammers who would send 15,000 tweets in 10 minutes.

How do I know I am in Twitter Jail?

If you do reach a limit, Twitter let you know with an error message telling you which limit you’ve hit. For limits that are time-based (like the DM Messages, Update & Changes to Account Email), you’ll be able to try again after the time has elapsed.

The Update Limit of 1,000 updates per day is further broken down into semi-hourly intervals. If you hit your account update limit, try again in a few hours after the limit-period has elapsed.

Is there a Get Out of Jail FREE Card?

No, not yet anyway! Just sit back and enjoy your Timeline!

Twitter Jail

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Aoife Rigney is a digital marketing and social media strategist, advisor, trainer and event speaker. Aoife loves her work – it’s her passion! From training one to one or a large group, advising a business on their digital strategy or speaking to a room of people – she simply loves it!

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