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I use Twitter quite a bit to grow my site and gain exposure. I'm just very curious about something. I've got 20k+ followers and am growing 150-200 per day. Most of these followers are junk, but I get about 5-10 per day that read and enjoy what I write which is great for a blogger like me.

Here's my question though:

I used to be capped right at 1,000 unfollows/follows per day. But what's strange is that now that I've gone over 20,000 followers, it's like I can't hit the limit.

Every morning I unfollow around 600 and then within an hour I follow about 600 more, but I never get the lock that I used to get where my account would get locked out for 24 hours.

Anyway, I'm just wondering if anyone else has had the experience? If so, what is the limit on follow/unfollows? (I do everything semi-manually so that it's not really an API call by the way.)

Any help is much appreciated. I'm just wondering if I can actually follow/unfollow much more than I'm doing without getting on Twitter's suspended list? I've read in some places that it used to be 10%, i.e. I could follow/unfollow 2,000+? But I think twitter says it's a hard 1,000.

Anyway, if anyone knows the answers to all of this, I'd appreciate it.
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  • Profile picture of the author Eehab banned
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    • Profile picture of the author Why9999
      Originally Posted by Eehab banned View Post

      you can use "Phoenix Twitter Desktop" it's free tool and TweetAttacks tool , follow/unfollow with this is tools easy and fast , hope this help .
      I don't use any tools. I was suspended once and can't afford to have it again.

      I do all my unfollows using an automated process that does not use an API call, though, so that I don't make waves.

      Followers I do manually using twitter lists, which goes very fast.

      So thx for the suggestion, but I'm avoiding the API at all costs...
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    • Profile picture of the author connorbringas
      hmmm i dont know much about how many followers you can add per day, but I have a question. You have that many followers, but only get 20 views per day? I use twitter for article marketing and get around 200 views from twitter.

      Probably not targeted like your views?
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      • Profile picture of the author Why9999
        Originally Posted by connorbringas View Post

        hmmm i dont know much about how many followers you can add per day, but I have a question. You have that many followers, but only get 20 views per day? I use twitter for article marketing and get around 200 views from twitter.

        Probably not targeted like your views?
        No, I get 100's of page hits per day from my followers. What I meant was that if I follow 600 people in a day, 150-200 will follow me back and probably 5-10 out of those will actually read my blog. But I already have 20,000+ followers some of which are already reading and following my blog...

        Hope that's not too confusing!
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        • Profile picture of the author connorbringas
          so your claiming you get thousands of views per day on your blog just from twitter?
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          • Profile picture of the author Why9999
            Originally Posted by connorbringas View Post

            so your claiming you get thousands of views per day on your blog just from twitter?
            No, not thousands. But hundreds easily, which is good for a small medium blog like mine.

            I've complained on this site before that my twitter page is PR7 and my blog is PR1!
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  • Profile picture of the author AcmeDude
    I dont have so much followers, but 800 or so and unfollowed like 300 from them and i didnt get on the suspended list. Only dont know if that ratio is still accepted.
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    • Profile picture of the author Why9999
      Originally Posted by AcmeDude View Post

      I dont have so much followers, but 800 or so and unfollowed like 300 from them and i didnt get on the suspended list. Only dont know if that ratio is still accepted.
      Until you get over 2,000 you have nothign to worry about. Then they'll cap you at 1,000 was my experience, especially if you're doing API calls.

      You've got to be careful there as, if you get suspended, it will take a couple of weeks of begging and crying and whining to get your account back...
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      • Profile picture of the author AcmeDude
        Originally Posted by Why9999 View Post

        Until you get over 2,000 you have nothign to worry about. Then they'll cap you at 1,000 was my experience, especially if you're doing API calls.

        You've got to be careful there as, if you get suspended, it will take a couple of weeks of begging and crying and whining to get your account back...
        I'm not doing API calls and have unfollowed ppl just one time.

        Thanks for advice.
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  • Profile picture of the author Why9999
    Originally Posted by Chris Kent View Post

    Out of interest, what strategies are you using to get this amount of new followers? I'd love to know.

    Seems to be a numbers game. Despite the low percentage of click throughs, if you have tens of thousands of followers then that can still translate to a not so bad amount who do actually reach your blog?
    I've tried a lot of strategies and there are several that will get you 5 or 10 new readers per day if your content is good.

    Imo that's nothing to sneeze at. In a week I've got 35-70 new readers and for a guy off the street, that's nice. I'm really in this much more for the influence than the money and where else could I go and get a weekly audience of around 50 people to read what I write? That's a rush for me...

    Anyway, just get involved with #teamfollowback and you can get 150-200 per day. Again, most of it is junk, but there's some real people out there...

    Just as effective is to follow 500 more targeted followers. You will only get 5 or 10 to actually follow you in that case. So it's the same net result overall, except that you get more followers from the former.

    Hope that helps anyone who int'd.

    I am currently trying to build up my follower count as I have an authority web site and so I have a gut feeling that a large # of followers adds cred....
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    • Profile picture of the author connorbringas
      for article marketing, I usually have barely any views until I tweet it, tweetmeme it, and twithis..After that I get an instant 40 or 50 views...then its a steady stream after that..something to think about.
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  • Profile picture of the author Rock Solid
    Created great content on Twitter is the number one way to gain a true following, that is unless you get you name made elsewhere such as a celebrity, politician etc. Even the small organic following of a new people a day that are interested can directly translate into large numbers of traffic as they retweet and share through twitter viral nature.
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    • Profile picture of the author Why9999
      Originally Posted by Rock Solid View Post

      Created great content on Twitter is the number one way to gain a true following, that is unless you get you name made elsewhere such as a celebrity, politician etc. Even the small organic following of a new people a day that are interested can directly translate into large numbers of traffic as they retweet and share through twitter viral nature.
      Amen, brother.

      Also, twitter is a LOT of work and, yes, you have to have good content.

      But, again, if anyone understands the follow/unfollow limits, I'd love to year about it...
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  • Profile picture of the author Rock Solid
    I think they're relatively vague, but I do know they scale up as you get more followers the limits are more lax. I've created marketing campaigns for people before and at the beginning its harder to get more followers than after we have a few thousands. I also run Twitter1k which is the largest Twitter follower sales company and it takes longer to fill orders for people who start with zero followers versus those that start with say 10k followers.

    The limits are also directly related to your following:follower ratio. I don't think they post any of this information publicly however.
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    • Profile picture of the author Why9999
      Originally Posted by Rock Solid View Post

      I think they're relatively vague, but I do know they scale up as you get more followers the limits are more lax. I've created marketing campaigns for people before and at the beginning its harder to get more followers than after we have a few thousands. I also run Twitter1k which is the largest Twitter follower sales company and it takes longer to fill orders for people who start with zero followers versus those that start with say 10k followers.

      The limits are also directly related to your following:follower ratio. I don't think they post any of this information publicly however.
      That's kind of the conclusion that I had come to. Kind of reminds me of Google: keep everything top secret cuzz they're afraid someone will game it. Anyway, thx for the info...

      I wondered it if it was cuzz of the number or because I was considered a Good Twittizen? Who knows?
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  • Profile picture of the author steve48135
    My experience from Twitter is that people aren't looking to buy when they use it. I dunno. I have almost 7k followers. Mind you I don't use it like it should be, I have auto-posts to it. I still get 200 clicks a week on joke tweets. Maybe I should use it more and be serious about it?

    Just seems like twitter is full of automated accounts and marketers. Was a great idea but I have a feeling it will become the next Myspace.
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    • Profile picture of the author Why9999
      Originally Posted by steve48135 View Post

      My experience from Twitter is that people aren't looking to buy when they use it. I dunno. I have almost 7k followers. Mind you I don't use it like it should be, I have auto-posts to it. I still get 200 clicks a week on joke tweets. Maybe I should use it more and be serious about it?

      Just seems like twitter is full of automated accounts and marketers. Was a great idea but I have a feeling it will become the next Myspace.
      There are ton of spammers and hypesters - you're right. But underneath there's a lot of users. The trick is that you must look manually for the followers so you can tell who's a real person or not.

      I can't tell you whether it's worth it or not. It really depends how easily you can rank on SERP.

      I struggle with SERP so twitter is a good way for me to advertise...
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    • Profile picture of the author AcmeDude
      Originally Posted by steve48135 View Post

      My experience from Twitter is that people aren't looking to buy when they use it. I dunno. I have almost 7k followers. Mind you I don't use it like it should be, I have auto-posts to it. I still get 200 clicks a week on joke tweets. Maybe I should use it more and be serious about it?

      Just seems like twitter is full of automated accounts and marketers. Was a great idea but I have a feeling it will become the next Myspace.
      Yeah, there are a lot of people that wont even read the tweet you have tweeted, but there are also people that pull out good content and simple are people. Like knowing the weather somewhere, or share some thoughts on a subject. Having new tweets every minute, can also miss some good ones tho
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  • Profile picture of the author mikasilloh
    I think you have reached the point where you are allowed to follow 10% of your followers. In your case with 20,000 followers, you can follow a max of 2000 people.
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    • Profile picture of the author Why9999
      Originally Posted by mikasilloh View Post

      I think you have reached the point where you are allowed to follow 10% of your followers. In your case with 20,000 followers, you can follow a max of 2000 people.
      Thx! That's what I was wondering....I know I have not been able to hit the max lately.
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  • Profile picture of the author mcampbell075
    One of twitter account who just reach 10k followers is still in good condition. And I don't encounter about the limits. I guess, all you need to do is keep the ratio close about following and to your followers. And also, keep on interacting, like posting real status, not promoting links at all, put some rss feeds on your twitter account. So that, twitter may think that you're really active.
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  • Profile picture of the author bizpromoter
    I use a 3rd party product to build my Twitter - key is though to set it up to build profile slowly otherwise Twittter gets suspicious and trashes you.
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