Twitter was experiencing mass outages this weekend — and now, Elon Musk has explained why … he’s instituting a new policy that limits nonpaying customers to a daily tweet count.
The Twitter exec addressed a massive problem Twitter users at large were experiencing Saturday — namely, the inability to see new tweets, dive into trends or refresh their main feed whatsoever. Everyone was getting hit with the same message … Rate Limit Exceeded.
A lot of folks assumed there was some kind server capacity problem that Twitter was experiencing — not the first time that’s happened under EM’s watch — or that there was just a glitch in the system. Wrong on both counts … which was confirmed by Elon himself.
He wrote … “To address extreme levels of data scraping & system manipulation, we’ve applied the following temporary limits: – Verified accounts are limited to reading 6000 posts/day – Unverified accounts to 600 posts/day – New unverified accounts to 300/day.”
To address extreme levels of data scraping & system manipulation, we’ve applied the following temporary limits:
– Verified accounts are limited to reading 6000 posts/day – Unverified accounts to 600 posts/day – New unverified accounts to 300/day
He followed that up with a trollish joke, saying that people were hitting their rate limits by reading all the tweets about the rate limits being exceeded — but then changed his mind on the drop of a hat (again) by promising to up the count on all fronts by a smidge.
He says verified users will soon get 8,000 tweets per day, unverified users will get 800 and new unverified users will get 400. Bottom line, he’s setting a hard cap at the amount of tweets people can see in a day … which is getting A LOT of pushback and backlash.
Rate limited due to reading all the posts about rate limits
This appears to be yet another play to get people to sign up for Twitter Blue and pay to be verified — something EM and co. have been trying to do for months now since rolling out the new service … and coming up short on interested customers. Twitter Blue costs $8/month.
Of course, this comes in the wake of news a couple months ago that Twitter’s valuation had been slashed by at least a third since the Musk takeover. He bought it for $44 billion, but it’s now reported to be worth between $8 and $15 billion … and Elon’s also been forthright about economic challenges of late, including getting new advertisers and streams of revenue.
Now he’s put his user base into a corner and is forcing their hand. As a result, several Twitter users are considering other options — and the “death” of Twitter is trending too.