Why have limits?
The limits can help relieve the burden of infrastructure Twitter and reduce outage time and error pages. To maintain reliability, we have set some limits on the actions of the accounts listed below.
Current limits of Twitter
The current technical limits for accounts are:
- Direct messages : 250 per day.
- Tweets : 1,000 per day. The daily update limit is distributed into smaller limits on half-hourly intervals. Retweets are counted as Tweets.
- Changes to email account : Four per hour.
- Track (Daily): The technical follow limit is 1,000 per day. Note that this is only a technical limit to the account and that there are additional rules prohibiting aggressive monitoring. Details of the follow limits and prohibited behaviors are on the page Follow Limits and Best Practices .
- Follow-up (based on counts) : Once an account is following 2,000 other users, additional follow attempts are limited by other specific proportions to that account. Page Follow Limits and Best Practices has more information.
These limits include actions from all devices including web, mobile, phone, API, etc.. Requests to the API from third-party applications are counted in the time limit API. Users who use multiple third party applications on your account the limit of API faster reach. For more information on this topic, visit our API Rate Limiting .
These restrictions may be temporarily reduced during periods of intensive use of the site. In such cases, we will publish an update on the Twitter Status blog .
What happens if I reach a limit?
If you reach a limit, I will let you know using an error message to the limit when you've arrived. To the limits are time-based (such as direct messages, tweets, email changes and account limits API requests), you can retry after the time limit has elapsed.
The limit of 1,000 Tweets per day updates is distributed in half-hour intervals. If you max out account updates or Tweets, retries hours after the time limit has elapsed.
If you have reached a limit tracking, check out this troubleshooting page Boundary Monitoring for more information.