This only applies to the number of people you can follow; there is no limit to the number of people who can follow you, like Lady Gaga with her 30 million monsters.
There is a limit on the number of people you can follow on Twitter. Once you approach 2,000 the maximum you can follow is 110% of the number of people who follow you. If you have 2,000 followers you can follow 2,200. If you 2,500 followers you can follow 2,750, and so on. As far as I know this limit applies forever once you pass 2,000. Since the most common way to get new followers is to follow people and hope they follow you back, this limit can make it very difficult. So what can you do to get past the 2,000 barrier?
1. The most obvious thing to do is constantly unfollow the people who do not follow you back and find new people to follow. I don’t recommend this. You will annoy a lot of people and you can end up getting your account suspended.
Under the Twitter activities that can cause permanent suspension is:
- If you have followed a large amount of users in a short amount of time;
- If you have followed and unfollowed people in a short time period, particularly by automated means (aggressive follower churn);
- If you repeatedly follow and unfollow people, whether to build followers or to garner more attention for your profile;
2. Build up your number of followers by seeking out accounts with #followback, #teamfollowback or something similar in their profile. Don’t do this. It is lame. What is the point of having people follow you who aren’t interested in your tweets and you aren’t interested in theirs? Now this isn’t the same as people who follow back most of the people who follow them. I do it myself. If someone is interested enough to follow me and see my tweets the odds are at least decent that their tweets will be interesting to me.
3. Buy followers. You will see spam all the time for people wanting to sell followers. Don’t do this. Even more lame than #teamfollowback.
1. Lists. Lists are a wonderful way to sort accounts you want to follow. For example I have a list for personal friends, a list for political figures and a list for the people I most often exchange tweets with. There are two powerful reasons to use lists. One, you won’t miss tweets from the people you are most interested in. And two, YOU DON’T HAVE TO FOLLOW SOMEONE TO PUT THEM IN A LIST. For example in my political list I have a lot of liberals like Hillary Clinton, Piers Morgan, DWS and Obama that I want to keep up with but I don’t want to follow. You can use this if you follow a lot of celebrities, media outlets, or really any type of account that you want to see their tweets but there is almost no chance they will follow you back.
2. Unfollow dead accounts. If someone you follow hasn’t sent a tweet in more than a month there is a good chance the account is dead and you are wasting one of your valuable follow slots on them. The question is how do you find dead accounts. Fortunately there are a lot of good tools/apps to help. My favorite is Tweepi 2.0. It has a free version that does everything you need to clean up your follows.
How to use Tweepi.
- Go to the site; use the “Good Old Free Tweepi, and click the “Login via Twitter”.
- Allow access.
- Use the “Cleanup” button. This will show you all the people you follow, 20 per page with the most recent people you followed on the first paged.
- You could also use the “Flush” button to just see the accounts that do not follow you.
- Click the “Last Tweet” column to sort them by oldest tweet first. Unfortunately this only sorts the current page; you will have to go through all the pages to do a complete job.
- Find the accounts that have not sent a tweet for however long you decide, I use 30 days. Click the minus symbol next to their icon to unfollow them. You can also click on an account’s icon to bring up more info about them if you aren’t sure that the account is actually dead. For example it doesn’t seem to count replies, so if someone has only been sending replies for a long time Tweepi will think their account is dead. Especially check accounts if Tweepi says the last tweet was “unknown/never”, it is almost always wrong about those.
- That’s it, just go through every page doing the same thing then leave the Tweepi site.
- One note. If there are users you do not want to accidently unfollow just click the lock symbol near their icon.
3. You can also use Tweepi to find accounts that have a very small chance of following you back. Click the “Follow Ratio” tab to put the higher numbers at the top. Anything above 100% means they have more followers than people they follow. Celebrities, media, etc will have numbers many times 100%. Once you have identified these accounts you can go back into twitter and put them into a list so you still see their tweets then unfollow them. You could do this directly inside of Tweepi but this is one of the premium services you have to join to use.