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Twitter Jail - How to Avoid Getting Thrown in the Virtual Slammer

Started by Monika , author of Monika's Blog 3/8/2012 5:46:32 PM

 

On occasion we at BlogFrog throw Twitter parties. I bet many of you have either helped us host (thanks again!) or have participated (big thanks to you too!).

Don't know what a Twitter party is? The brief explanation is an hour long event on Twitter using the same hashtag. The host asks a series of questions (say 10 over the course of the hour) and the people participating answer. Sometimes there are prizes, sometimes we donate to a charity in your name, and sometimes they are just for the fun of getting together with like-minded people on Twitter to share tips, tricks, ideas and to talk.

During the last two parties that I threw, I had two of my hosts get put into Twitter jail! Neither of them were familiar with the term, so I thought I would turn to our blog and share with everyone just what Twitter jail is and what you do to get there (aka, how to avoid getting thrown in the slammer).

One gets thrown into Twitter jail for doing one of the following (taken directly from Twitter's help page):

  • Updates: 1,000 per day. The daily update limit is further broken down into smaller limits for semi-hourly intervals. Retweets are counted as updates.
  • Direct Messages: 250 per day.
  • Changes to Account Email: 4 per hour.
  • Following (daily): Please note that this is a technical account limit only, and there are additional rules prohibiting aggressive following behavior. You can find detailed page describing following limits and prohibited behavior on the Follow Limits and Best Practices Page. The technical follow limit is 1,000 per day.
  • Following (account-based): Once an account is following 2,000 other users, additional follow attempts are limited by account-specific ratios. The Follow Limits and Best Practices Page has more information.
While they do not state what the magical tweets per hour are, I have heard 100 tweets an hour from people who I would consider to be 'in the know.' They have a few other help pages, but you basically have to wait until the hour is up until you can tweet, follow and DM again.
So there you have it. If you plan on participating in a Tweet chat or Twitter party, be sure you don't go over the update limits!
 
Have other Twitter related questions? Feel free to leave the question below, and I will do my darndest to find you the answer!

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Reply by Jennifer

3/9/2012 11:32:08 AM
Good to know! Thanks Monika!

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Reply by Lindsi and Jamie

author of Toys In The Dryer 3/9/2012 7:12:33 PM
Thanks so much! Off to tweet this :)

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Reply by Shannon

author of Milk and Cuddles 3/11/2012 4:55:20 PM
This happened to me at the last Twitter party I attended- and I was so confused! Is there a way to know if your getting close to the 100 updates? Is there any kind of counter?

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Reply by Marie

author of Raising Great Men 3/12/2012 11:07:19 AM

This is so helpful! Thank you!


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Reply by Arlene

author of Flour On My Face 3/13/2012 8:03:50 AM

Thanks. I've seen it happen in a few twitter parties but never knew exactly  why. Not too long ago I hit the 2000 following/follower point and could not follow anyone.

I was following 2000 people but only a little over 1800 people were following me. After I hit 2000 followers then I could follow people back. It was very frustrating at the time.

Now I am very picky about who I follow back. 


Thank you for this blog post.  I never knew that you could go to twitter jail.  But I will be sure to follow the recommendations listed here.  I learn something new on blog frog everyday.


Thanks for clearing this one up! 


Great info..thanks!


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Reply by Monika

author of Monika's Blog 3/23/2012 11:10:51 AM

Happy we could teach you something! Let us know if there are other topics or areas you are interested in. We love sharing knowledge! 

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Alicia said ...
Thank you for this blog post.  I never knew that you could go to twitter jail.  But I will be sure to follow the recommendations listed here.  I learn something new on blog frog everyday.


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Reply by Monika

author of Monika's Blog 3/23/2012 11:12:03 AM

Great question! I am not sure if there is a counter. I will definitely do a search and see if I can find an app or site that will show you.


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Shannon said ...
This happened to me at the last Twitter party I attended- and I was so confused! Is there a way to know if your getting close to the 100 updates? Is there any kind of counter?


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