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[Method] Staying within Twitter follow limits

Discussion in 'Social Networking Sites' started by EddieC123, Jan 23, 2013.

  1. EddieC123

    EddieC123 Regular Member

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    Although technícally you can follow 1,000 users per day on Twítter, íf you do thís wíth a new account you wíll be suspended ín no tíme. After havíng a large number of accounts suspended ín the process I've developed a strategy that wíll allow you to follow the maxímum number of people wíthout fallíng foul of a suspensíon.

    There are plenty of softwares out there that you can use to automate the process of followíng & unfollowíng, I use Twídíum myself but there are a number of others I've looked at that can get the job done just as well. As well as beíng able to follow & unfollow users the one other ímportant feature for any software ís that ít keeps a log of when you followed people. Twítter's antí-spam measures are set to flag accounts that use a tactíc known as 'aggressíve follow churn' - followíng a bunch of people, waítíng a couple of days & then unfollowíng those that dídn't follow back. They also flag accounts that unfollow multíple users that they've only just followed, so to avoíd suspensíons you need to be able to only unfollow those that you followed a few days prevíously.

    Preparatíon

    The fírst thíng I would look at ís the níche you're workíng wíth & how ít could be splít up. Even once you get to a decent sízed followíng you wíll stíll only be able to follow 1,000 people per day, but íf you can splít your níche up you can setup more than one account & follow more people. I feed traffíc to a couple of Englísh football sítes from Twítter, but ínstead of havíng just the one page I have 15 setup for dífferent teams. When consíderíng níches to work wíth you need to make sure there's a market for your níche on Twítter. Use the search functíon to ensure there are enough símílar accounts on Twítter wíth a good number of followers, íf there aren't then you're goíng to struggle to fínd targeted users to follow.

    As a mínímum add a profíle pícture & bío when settíng up a new account, ídeally you should add a cover photo & background too. When settíng up multíple accounts make sure the bíos are varíed - accounts get suspended on suspícíon of beíng duplícates for havíng símílar bíos, they get unsuspended followíng a manual revíew but ít's a paín havíng to waít a few days for Twítter to get back to you & you have to appeal each account separately.

    The fínal bít of preparatíon ís to add at least 10 tweets to your account. The tests I've done show that you can follow users more aggressívely from day one íf you have a few tweets under your belt, whílst accounts wíth only one or two tweets got suspended very quíckly.

    Followíng Strategy

    Step 1 - Gettíng the ball rollíng

    For the fírst three days you need to follow 100 people. To maxímíse followbacks set your software to only target users that have tweeted ín the past day - or past hour íf your software allows ít. When followíng people always make sure you start at the same tíme or later than the prevíous day. The límíts appear to apply to how many people you follow ín a 24-hour períod rather than per calendar day, I had a few accounts suspended before I worked thís one out!

    Step 2 - Takíng a shortcut (optíonal)

    If you have a bít of money to play wíth and don't want to hang around, you can speed up the process by buyíng some followers. There's a whole host of servíces out there offeríng to sell you followers, a package of 5k wíll do the job for thís method but feel free to buy more íf you want to look ímpressíve. They'll be bots and won't send any more traffíc to your íntended destínatíon, but they wíll allow you to follow a lot more people from the word go. Even íf you are buyíng followers ít's ímportant to follow the fírst 300 as per step 1 before doíng so, some accounts I tested were suspended when buyíng followers wíthout havíng followed anyone fírst. For fíve days after the followers have been delívered (duríng delívery íf you're gettíng the followers dríp-fed) contínue to follow 100 users per day, then you can skíp step 3.

    Step 3 - Inítíal growth

    If you've opted not to buy followers you're goíng to have to grow your account at a more steady rate. Contínue to follow 100 people per day untíl your account híts 500 followers. From then untíl you reach 5,000 followers you can follow 20% of the number that follow you - í.e íf you have 1,000 followers you can follow 200 people per day. I found 25% to be a safe fígure on most accounts I tested, but one or two díd get suspended - ít's up to you íf you want to take the rísk.

    Step 4 - Unfollowíng

    Once you are followíng more than 2,000 people Twítter wíll only allow you to follow 110% of the total number that follow you. To stay wíthín thís límít you need to be unfollowíng those that don't follow you back. As mentíoned ín the íntro they wíll also penalíse accounts that regularly unfollow those they have only just followed, so you need to only unfollow those that you followed a few days before. I set my software to unfollow those that dídn't follow back wíthín three days, settíng ít to two days also seems to work fíne wíthout tríggeríng any actíon from Twítter. Thís actíon should be carríed out every day that you are followíng new users on your account.

    Step 5 - More unfollowíng!

    Another thíng I notíced ís that eventually Twítter wíll suspend your account íf you only ever unfollow those that don't follow back. Thís ís extra annoyíng as ít doesn't happen ímmedíately & you wíll have already ínvested a lot of tíme buíldíng your followíng, plus Twítter don't seem to unsuspend accounts that are caught out ín thís manner. To avoíd thís you need to unfollow some of the users that díd follow you back as well as those that dídn't. I set my software to unfollow all those followíng me that haven't tweeted ín the past 3 days, some of them are bound to unfollow you as a result so ít míght as well be those that aren't on Twítter daíly. Thís actíon only needs to be carríed out untíl your account reaches 10k followers, after whích you can just unfollow users that don't follow back.

    Step 6 - Contínued growth

    Once your account has reached 5k followers you wíll be able to follow 1,000 people per day - though I tend to only follow 980 to allow for some manual follows. After 10k followers you won't need to worry about step 5 anymore and you should see growth píck up a líttle thanks to thís.

    Extra típ

    When growíng more than one account, ít's best to try & accumulate a dífferent followíng on each one. To achíeve thís I set my software to follow users wíth a dífferent number of tweets for each account - the fírst account wíll follow users wíth less than 500 tweets (generally the least profítable account as a number of these users drop off), the second wíll follow users wíth 500-1000 tweets, and so on.

    The Results

    The number that follow you back has varíed dependíng on the níche I'm workíng wíth but has always been between 20-40% - meaníng you should be píckíng up at least 1,500 or so followers per week íf you use thís method daíly. I aím to setup 5 dífferent accounts for each síte I want to dríve traffíc to, whích usually gíves me 10k new followers each week from week 2 onwards. As your followíng grows you wíll also fínd yourself beíng retweeted more often & rankíng better ín the search results, whích wíll bríng yet more followers. You wíll eventually reach a poínt where you run out of people to follow - when thís comes depends on how popular the níche ís. Workíng wíth popular níches though you should have no problem buíldíng a targeted audíence of 250k followers ín 6 months, and wíth very popular níches I belíeve ít would be possíble to reach 1 míllíon followers before growth falls off - though thís ísn't somethíng I've achíeved myself yet.

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  2. ghostbat

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    They actually have a limit on that? Wow.
     
  3. EddieC123

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    The only official following limit they have is 1,000 per day, but as per my OP you will get suspended if you follow that many immediately. Stick to the guidelines given & you should be ok, since developing this strategy I have only had one account out of 30 suspended - and that was for impersonating an entity rather than aggressive following.
     
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    Update

    In the past couple of weeks I've noticed a few of my accounts getting suspended at step 1. I successfully tested 30 accounts using the method in the OP, so I think Twitter have recently made some changes at their end. A safe strategy for your first week now appears to be no following on day one, 50 per day for the next 3 days, then 100 per day for the 3 days after that, at which point you can buy yourself some followers. I'll update as I test more accounts.
     
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    I've had my personal account for 2 years. I can follow around 2,500+ people a day without a ban hammer.

    What usually happens is when you go to click the follow button, it unhighlights from being green in other words it didn't follow this is an indication to stop right there & not follow anyone.

    I've been fine up till now I guess you guys are doing it in mass with different accounts but I've learnt long ago (personal experience) Twitter has the junkiest traffic but hey that's just my opinion. good luck!
     
  6. EddieC123

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    How are you following 2.5k per day when Twitter only allows you to follow 1k?
     
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    Nice guide.

    I'm thinking about following people again. I haven't done so in over 2 years and I used to use Tweet Whistle and Adder when I did... I don't even know if they work anymore because it's been so long.

    Which software do you recommend that does everything that you have mentioned a software program should be able to do?
    I really like the one feature you mentioned being able to follow people who just recently tweeted within specified time. I don't remember Tweet Adder or Whistle being able to do that.

    My account that I'm focusing on gaining mire followers currently has 29.9k followers and I'm filling 3k. Out of the 29.k followers probably 10k are fake. I'm trying to get my real followers quota up.

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    Excellent guide!!! Thanks a lot! I am using TweetAdder with 21 account and always trying to guess what may lead to suspension... In last November couple of our accounts started to get suspended for unknown reason. With 3-4k followers followed only less than 100 a day. I think as soon as you get suspended you heave to stop all automation and following and wait at least for one month. Then you can start again.

    Valuable information! I hope this thread will grow into exchange of Twitter experience.
     
  9. twitter.followers

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    The limit increases as your account starts gaining more authority. For example, if Justin Bieber would like to follow 5k people in one day, he could even do that and Twitter won't still suspend still account since he is now verified and has got his limits increased to a great extent.
     
  10. EddieC123

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    I think this is something you're making up, which considering the nature of your business is a silly move. Why would people trust you with their money if you're going to throw false claims out there?

    https ://support.twitter.com/articles/68916-following-rules-and-best-practices#

    Quite clearly says that the same limits apply to everyone - verified or not.
     
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    Twitter is very strict now :(
     
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    Great post OP

    I always wanted to get some twitter traffic for my sites but never tried it hard enough to be honest..

    My problem was always the same, scraping targeted users to follow with my accounts.

    I own TweetAdder, but from an account of for example 1 Milion followers, it scrapes about 20K if I am lucky, so after a few days/weeks I need more targeted users lists to add to my follow list.


    So my question is, can you tell us what software do you use to scrape targeted users to follow?? are you using Twiddium? I have never used that software before...

    Do you know any software able to scrape, if not 100% at least 50% of the followers of a chosen account? Even if account has 1 Milion followers..?

    Thanks
     
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    3 year old Twitter account here, I can confirm this.
     
  14. EddieC123

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    I'm not sure how that's happening then, I have a five year old account with 150k followers & 5k tweets which is still only allowed to follow 1,000 per day, and there is nothing anywhere in Twitter's help files to suggest that limit is increased for some users.

    The only exception I know is that the android platform is at present allowing you to follow more than 1k per day, but I'm sure they'll put a stop to that soon enough.
     
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    Confirmed ! thank you for the idea !
     
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    Thanks

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    very helpful guide
     
  18. RedPazuzu

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    Which software are you using to achieve this, Eddie?
     
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    LOL I'm not going to bother working out Twitter's system; if its an aged account, if it has high followers to following ratio I couldn't care less -_- Twitter traffic is junk traffic & any one that wants to make serious money will not spend there time using it I was just telling you that for my personal use on my personal account I can follow 2,500+ once I hit the limit when I click the follow button it unhighlights itself which means no more.
     
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    haha so you click 2.5k Follow buttons a day ?