Twitter drastically cuts down on the number of accounts you can follow daily

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Credit: https://techcrunch.com/2018/05/24/take-a-look-at-your-twitter-timeline-10-years-ago/

Twitter has announced plans to cut down on the number of people you can follow on its platform per day. The social media giant announced the latest change in a tweet on Monday in a move that could help slow down the growth of spam on its platform. Going forward, you will only be able to follow 400 Twitter users per day—a difference of 600 from the usual 1,000 before the announcement. Twitter said this helps to fight against spam, which it claims violates its privacy policy.

This will cause several companies to rethink their plans, especially when it comes to allowing users/customers to follow a larger number of users with the help of tools. Some companies/individuals make use of bots to help customers grow their user base as against Twitter’s policy on privacy.

Twitter’s effort is quite encouraging, but it is still absurd to think that the company decided to peg the number at 400. 400 for me is still a high figure—it is pretty abnormal for a normal account to be having 400 followers per day. What I am saying is that Twitter should seriously consider lowering that number when next they want to deal with spam on its platform.

Last month, Twitter confirmed per TechCrunch that it was working on a new “Hide Tweet” feature that will give users another option to protect their conversations. The feature was first spotted in a Twitter code, and is available from a list of moderation choices that appear when the “Share” button on a tweet is clicked. The “Hide Tweet” feature works as an alternative to muting or blocking a user; though it still gives you the option to control a conversation.

The option to hide tweet was first spotted by reliable reverse engineer Jane Manchun Wong. The option according to Wong, also gives you the chance to show the hidden tweets.

More than anything else, the real reason why Twitter is working on this feature is so that your conversations can be protected. Twitter Senior PM Michelle Yasmeen Haq in a series of post, explained more:

We often hear from heavy Tweeters that they want to be able to protect their conversations…

People who start interesting conversations on Twitter are really important to us, and we want to empower them to make the conversations they start as healthy as possible by giving them some control.

We think of conversations as an ecosystem of different groups: authors, repliers, the audience and the platform. We try to balance the experience across all four groups, and we are continuously exploring ways to shift the balance without overcorrecting.


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Author: Ola Ric

Ola Ric is a professional tech writer. He has written and provided tons of published articles for professionals and private individuals. He is also a social commentator and analyst, with relevant experience in the use of social media services.

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