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.

10 thoughts on “Waaa I Can't Follow More Than 2,000 People

  1. Your title is a bit misleading. You can have unlimited followers, you just can’t follow more than 2,000 people. That seems to be a decent number – not sure how anyone could keep up with 2,000 people, anyway.

  2. @Jeffro – Well, that’s probably because you read the whole blog post… that’s where most of my controversy seems to come from these days – folks not reading to the end of the article. :-p

    I think it’s a smart move for Twitter, and it returns a bit of sanity to the system. Aside from Scoble, I really can’t think of a single person who can legitimately read that much noise.

    Mark ‘Rizzn’ Hopkinss last blog post..Achtung Austinites!

  3. @Jeffro – Well, that’s probably because you read the whole blog post… that’s where most of my controversy seems to come from these days – folks not reading to the end of the article. :-p

    I think it’s a smart move for Twitter, and it returns a bit of sanity to the system. Aside from Scoble, I really can’t think of a single person who can legitimately read that much noise.

    Mark ‘Rizzn’ Hopkinss last blog post..Achtung Austinites!

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