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Twitter limiting followers to 2000

Monday, August 11, 2008 by Dave Winer.

Just read in various places that people are getting messages from Twitter saying that there's a limit of 2000 followers per account.  Permalink to this paragraph

Lots to say about this of course! Permalink to this paragraph

1. My first take: Probably a good idea. Permalink to this paragraph

2. Is this a problem for people? Permalink to this paragraph

3. Confirmation that the expensive thing in Twitter is distributing status messages to large numbers of queues. Permalink to this paragraph

4. A business model appears? If you want more than 2000 followers, that'll cost you $X per year per thousand?  Permalink to this paragraph

5. If no business model then here's something you can't use Twitter for. I had the idea that it would make a good medium for delivering hot news bulletins, and have set up a few channels for doing that. But if they can't grow beyond 2000 followers, there's not much point investing.  Permalink to this paragraph

6. Or is it a method of keeping malicious or annoying Twitterers in check? Permalink to this paragraph

7. ??? Permalink to this paragraph

8. ??? Permalink to this paragraph


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A picture named dave.jpgDave Winer, 53, pioneered the development of weblogs, syndication (RSS), podcasting, outlining, and web content management software; former contributing editor at Wired Magazine, research fellow at Harvard Law School, entrepreneur, and investor in web media companies. A native New Yorker, he received a Master's in Computer Science from the University of Wisconsin, a Bachelor's in Mathematics from Tulane University and currently lives in Berkeley, California.

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