Waaa I Can’t Follow More Than 2,000 People

Earlier this morning, Twitter was buzzing due to the fact that it had been discovered that Twitter had limited accounts to only 2,000 followers. According to Mashable, Pownce has filed suit by also limiting accounts to only 2,000 followers.

While A-listers also known as early adopters could be held responsible for providing these new social tools some momentum, I don’t think they single handedly provided these services their success. Although Mark’s article goes into detail in regards to spam accounts on Twitter and their changing methodologies, what is the big deal in terms of being limited to 2,000 people? Can you honestly tell me that your human mind would be able to comprehend the conversations between all 2,000 people?

I hope you said no or else I’ll have to consider you to be something other than human. Now I know Robert Scoble and a select few like him can read 700 news items in Google Reader in a day but come on, he is the exception and not the rule. While I think Twitter should make exceptions to their evangelist users, I think everyone else needs to calm down.

For mere mortals, though, we have other stuff to do, and by and large we prefer to have a few dozen relationships we can truly engage in rather than 9,000+ that we once a month may shoot off a message to.

Well said Mark.

Waaa I Can't Follow More Than 2,000 People

Earlier this morning, Twitter was buzzing due to the fact that it had been discovered that Twitter had limited accounts to only 2,000 followers. According to Mashable, Pownce has filed suit by also limiting accounts to only 2,000 followers.

While A-listers also known as early adopters could be held responsible for providing these new social tools some momentum, I don’t think they single handedly provided these services their success. Although Mark’s article goes into detail in regards to spam accounts on Twitter and their changing methodologies, what is the big deal in terms of being limited to 2,000 people? Can you honestly tell me that your human mind would be able to comprehend the conversations between all 2,000 people?

I hope you said no or else I’ll have to consider you to be something other than human. Now I know Robert Scoble and a select few like him can read 700 news items in Google Reader in a day but come on, he is the exception and not the rule. While I think Twitter should make exceptions to their evangelist users, I think everyone else needs to calm down.

For mere mortals, though, we have other stuff to do, and by and large we prefer to have a few dozen relationships we can truly engage in rather than 9,000+ that we once a month may shoot off a message to.

Well said Mark.

Twitter Implements New Limitations

StopTwitterSpam

According to the StopTwitterSpam website, the folks at Twitter have updated their Help Page to reflect new changes that have gone into effect in regards to Following and Updating limits. It looks like these limitations have probably gone into effect to not only lessen the strain on the overall infrastructure of Twitter, but to also deal with spam. As far as the limitations go,

What are the limits, specifically?

The limits are based on multiple parameters–not a single metric. Because the limits are in part meant to curtail nefarious behavior, we are not revealing the specifics of how they are reached. Please note that these limits are sure to change as we figure out what works. We’ve taken a best guess to get started, but Twitter is still evolving and new uses are being invented all the time.

Good idea on their part as this will make it harder for Twitter spammers to reverse engineer the limitations. Hopefully, this does not adversely affect the majority of legitimate Twitter users and helps to make Twitter a more reliable service.