Scaling Web 2.0 – Reaching The Limits


Last week Twitter implemented a limit on the number of people you’re allowed to follow. I’ve seen numerous numbers, but the common limit seems to be 2k users. While the limit is a work in progress, that’s a lot of (hopefully) great conversation to go around. However, for major players in the web game, or those who are rapidly approaching the 2k follower limit, will this cause you to switch services?


Helping Out: Tips On Staying Below Twitter’s Limits

To help myself not go over the limit, if I’m subscribing to anyone’s blog updates via Twitter, I’ll now subscribe to their RSS feed or grab the RSS feed for their Twitter accounts. It would help a ton if the services that I subscribe to posts more of their updates via the service’s blog rather than on Twitter.

Otherwise, there’s nothing more to do except to stop following those that really don’t contribute to the information that I’d like to see in my Twitter stream.


Not The Way To Go: Limit The New, Not The Old

While it’s nice to see that Twitter is doing their best to handle the spam problem that’s beginning to get out of control, limits on the number of people you can and can’t follow can’t be the solution for all current accounts. It would be better to impose these limits on new accounts that are being created.

On another note, since I’m not at 2k this won’t cause me to switch from Twitter. However, it’s very likely that if I ever reach the limit, there would be a ton of conflicting opinions to have about Twitter. You’ve basically stalled the growth of your own personal circle of connections. In turn, you’re wondering if anyone important has stopped or decided not to follow you just because of the limit. That’s not something you should have to worry about with any service.

What are your thoughts on the limit? If you’re over 2k, what will you do? If you’re under 2k is this posing any kind of problems for you?


Scaling Web 2.0 Is A Serious Problem

The limit also poses some interesting thoughts on Web 2.0 services, especially social media related services. There’s a serious scaling problem going on these days. First Facebook limits the number of friends you can have, and now Twitter limits your followings. While Twitter blames the limits on spammers, which I’m not saying isn’t true, they also have a scaling problem and this limit will help out with that a ton!



  • rockmanac

    I'm at 143, both for people I'm following and followers of me. It just happened to work out that way, though, since there's people who follow me that I don't follow and the other way around as well. But anyway, I'm more than a long ways off from following 2,000 but honestly, I have a hard time keeping up with the 143 people I do follow. In fact, I've considered doing a “following cut” on Twitter because of that. Now, I'm not saying that it can't be done, but frankly there's not much value in following 2,000 people.


  • Rahsheen

    I just feel like there shouldn't be limits on how many people you can follow. I know it benefits the service as far as scaling, but it doesn't benefit the user at all.

    There must be more intelligent ways to curtail spam. It's not as if a spammer won't just create multiple accounts in order to reach as many people as possible. This method is just not all that useful if you think about it.

  • Shey

    I'm a long way from 2,000 and will probably never get there, so it won't make me leave Twitter.

    I've heard some say you can follow more than 2,000 is you have at least an equal amount of followers. Is this true?

  • ChaCha Fance

    I see the issue but I'm still wondering why it's such a big deal?! People are acting like it's the end of the world. There are other services out there very similar too & often better than Twitter, so why not just switch now?

  • gregorylent

    they have limited the tweets you get from the people you follow, even if it is less than 50. i see maybe 20%.

  • charlieanzman

    Corvida – Noticed the hits coming from your related posts. I like your take. Not sure if crowdsourcing will ever go away but limiting users for this reason or because an app can't handle the volume isn't the answer. The web's getting bigger every day?!

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  • Singapore Escort

    Limiting the number of followers is not the be all and end all solution. Perhaps Twitter should have had looked at other avenues.

  • Jas Talents and Models

    Limiting the number of followers is not the be all and end all solution. Perhaps Twitter should have had looked at other avenues.

  • Jas Talents and Models

    Limiting the number of followers is not the be all and end all solution. Perhaps Twitter should have had looked at other avenues.