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Twitter forces us to come up with a business model (how ironic!)

Twitter’s new limit on POST requests from a single IP unfortunately makes it impossible for us to continue offering a free version of Refollow with follow and unfollow capabilities. We are still crunching the numbers on this, but here’s what we’re thinking! 

In order to cover the hosting costs necessary to work around Twitter’s limits, we will offer a membership subscription service with plans ranging from free to personal to enterprise support:

The free version will allow you to use all of the features of Refollow which are not IP rate limited by Twitter (basically everything except follow and unfollow). This includes loading users, filtering, sorting, tagging, and commenting. 

The personal plans (which will range from $5/mo to $20/mo) will allow a single Twitter account a certain number of follows and unfollows per day (or maybe per week). 

The enterprise plans (which will range from $20/mo to $200/mo) will support multiple Twitter accounts and the unlimited use of all features (you are of course always subject to Twitter’s account limits and policies across all Twitter apps). 

We will offer a day or two free trial for new users to try out the full feature set, and we will also offer a discount to education and charity organizations (saving the world is still somewhere on our product roadmap!)

Let us know what you think! We really appreciate all the support and feedback the Refollow community has provided this last year. Please email any thoughts/suggestions to

And as always, here’s our latest discussion with Twitter support:


From: Brian Sutorius []
Sent: Monday, October 11, 2010 11:03 AM
To: Rob Meadows
Cc: Brian Truebe; Tyler Buck
Subject: Re: Refollow-up

These kinds of requests are usually subject to site-wide per-account limits on each type of action, which are documented here: . I’ll also put some of them below:

250 DMs per day

1000 Tweets per day including @replies and retweets, further broken down into semi-hourly sublimits that are not documented (but you can use 1000/24 =~41 tweets per hour as a guideline)

1000 Follows per day

As Taylor mentioned on we are not sharing some of the other limits, such as unfollows per day per IP. Please let me know if you need anything else.


On Sat, Oct 9, 2010 at 7:52 AM, Rob Meadows <> wrote:

What is the rate limit for POST requests? How many requests can a single ip send per second/minute/whatever?