Home » Social Media, Twitter10 July 2012

Twitter Limitation of Status Update, Direct Message, Following, Unfollowing

Twitter has some limitations on its status update, direct message, and follow and unfollow rates. Some of the limitations are know and some might be unknown to many. Here is about them:-

1) Status Update

Character limit: There is 140 characters limit for your status update because twitter believes that 140 characters is the perfect length. The standard text message length in most places is 160 characters per message. 20 characters in twitter is reserved for people’s name. Hence, 140 characters for your status update.

Number of status update per day: You can send 1,000 status update per day. This include retweets as well. The daily limit is further broken into smaller limits for semi-hourly intervals.

2) Direct Messages (DMs)

– There is also 140 characters limit for DMs.
– You can send 250 direct messages per day.
– You can only send a direct message to your followers. You cannot send a direct message to a user who is not following you.
– The sender or recipient of a DM can delete the message, and it will disappear from both sender and recipient inboxes.
– Twitter shows only your 100 most recent messages.
– Your old DMs are not gone, they’re just stored in twitter’s database.

3) Following / Unfollowing

– You can follow 1,000 people per day.

– Once you’ve followed 2000 users, there are limits to the number of additional users you can follow: this limit is different for every user and is based on your ratio of followers to following. You’ll need to wait until you have more followers in order to follow more users.

– You can unfollow 1,000 people per day.

More information on twitter limitations and twitter rules:

About Twitter Limits (Update, API, DM, and Following)

The Twitter Rules


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