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
- Direct Messages: 250 per
- Changes to Account Email: 4 per
- 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
, 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
Have other Twitter related questions? Feel free to leave the
question below, and I will do my darndest to find you the