Twitter account suspended for aggressive following

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Hey guys, so one of my Twitter accounts was suspended today for 'aggressive following'. I've been following about a 100 users a day for the last few days. What's a safe number to follow daily? If I get caught again I'm going to get my account banned and I'd rather avoid that!

Thanks,
Charlie
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  • Profile picture of the author adwike
    You can follow max 30 followers per 2 days if you follow 30 followers per day your account will suspended
  • Profile picture of the author basse
    Yes you need to be very careful because twitter is trying to clean up
  • Profile picture of the author dudeco
    I'm not sure that 30 follows a day will get you banned. Any chance you have a link to that adwike? If that is true I'd be curious to know that for 100% sure for myself. I thought it was over 200 follows in a single day.

    Question for OP: Are you using an automated plugin app or software that automatically follows or unfollows others? If so, that is the likely culprit. From Twitter, "
    We monitor all accounts for aggressive following and follow churn (repeatedly following and un-following large numbers of other users). You can read more about these below, but if you don’t follow or un-follow hundreds of users in a single day, and you aren’t using automated methods of following users, you should be fine.
    Please note that the only automated following behavior that Twitter allows is auto-follow-back (following a user after they have followed you). Automated un-following is also not permitted. Please review our Automation Rules and Best Practices for more information on automating your account."
  • Profile picture of the author KabirC
    Originally Posted by adwike View Post

    You can follow max 30 followers per 2 days if you follow 30 followers per day your account will suspended
    That's definitely wrong, 2 weeks ago I was doing 1,000 a day and had no problems. I stopped following with that account since I wasn't interested in it, but with another account I'm doing around 150 a day and it's completely fine.
  • Profile picture of the author odinson
    As far as I know, 100 is a safe number, even if you use a software. In case you are using one, you should probably set longer times between follows, and if possible randomize it. Also, don't worry that much about getting banned again, I got banned recently like 4 times in a row for following over 500 people a day, and they didn't suspend it permanently (or am I a lucky guy?).

    Good luck.
  • Profile picture of the author Phantasm
    It highly depends on the age of your account and the number of followers you have. I was messing around today with some numbers, and got suspended after 100 follows on a relatively new account with a random 1-5 second delay between follows. I was able to repeat the process with another new account on 5-10 second delays, and wasn't suspended.
  • Profile picture of the author wpseoguy
    It happened to me too, and from then I follow just 15 people maximum, and I post 5 tweets/day. I don't want to have my account suspend it again.
  • Profile picture of the author Arnoud1970
    Hi Probably you used Tweetadder for your twitter marketing management?
    Be careful not to unfollow to much people in a short period of time. The same with following. The same happened with me! '
    In Tweetadder you can manage the time between actions. Always take some more time to be save.
    About adding tweets or ads:
    Like Facebook it depends whether you use hyperlinks or not.
    For FB you can safely add ads in 100 groups at once without hyperlink. If you use hyperlink don't put in more than 80 groups at once.
  • Profile picture of the author aceriker
    Yes it happens now a days with more profiles,twitter has some restriction of following possibly 5 to 10 member is enough per day.
  • Profile picture of the author Phantasm
    Originally Posted by Arnoud1970 View Post

    Hi Probably you used Tweetadder for your twitter marketing management?
    Be careful not to unfollow to much people in a short period of time. The same with following. The same happened with me! '
    In Tweetadder you can manage the time between actions. Always take some more time to be save.
    About adding tweets or ads:
    Like Facebook it depends whether you use hyperlinks or not.
    For FB you can safely add ads in 100 groups at once without hyperlink. If you use hyperlink don't put in more than 80 groups at once.
    TweetAdder4 release has eliminated many of the automated actions like this, such as automated delayed follows / unfollows.
  • Profile picture of the author furqanarshad
    There is a restriction for the amount of people you can follow so you have to abide the rules otherwise get blocked. I have been suspended once and the reason was the same you are saying.
  • Profile picture of the author jeffnsylviam
    Wow i didn't know they do banned Twitter for having more than 30 account join per day ,thanks for the tips.
  • Profile picture of the author TedClassens
    Got the same issue recently with my account. It may have been due to following others immediately after I created the account. Did do something similar with another account (on an other subject) a few days prior to that, but didn't get that problem.

    Does anyone know how many others one is allowed to follow on one day?
  • Profile picture of the author SuccessMarketer
    100 follows a day it's a safe bet as far as I know.
    How fast did to add them...? if twitter sees that you add 30 people in like 30 seconds... that would send a red flag to them. You won't get banned immediately but if you were to do the above for a few days in a row, it would not surprise me if they ban you.

    At the end of the day, twitter is a social media platform and many marketers (including myself) seem to forget the word "social"... it's not designed to "market"
  • Profile picture of the author TedClassens
    Originally Posted by SuccessMarketer View Post

    100 follows a day it's a safe bet as far as I know.
    How fast did to add them...? if twitter sees that you add 30 people in like 30 seconds... that would send a red flag to them. You won't get banned immediately but if you were to do the above for a few days in a row, it would not surprise me if they ban you....
    Probably too fast in a row.

    I just leave the account for a while and continue later.
  • Profile picture of the author KimboJim
    I read this all wrong at first. I thought that you got banned for having an aggressive following, not following an insane number of people per day.

    Why are you following 100 people a day? Are you hoping that they will follow you back? If so, then stop using this strategy because it rarely builds any value. Those people aren't on your Twitter list because they like what you are saying. They are usually just trying to be courteous.
  • Profile picture of the author TedClassens
    There is software that can log into twitter and then tries to get followers by first following other accounts to see whether they follow back.

    I guess that is why twitter is anxious with that kind of behavior....

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