I have this question to twitter staff and other developers here ( @andypiper, @DanielCHood and other guys), I tried every possible way, non automated way to allow users on my application to follow other users,
- I let them follow slowly (1 follow in 10 seconds)
- l let them follow very slowly ( 1 follow in 30 seconds)
- I let them follow fast ( 1 follow in .5 second)
- I restricted them to follow only 200 followers day
but every time users got locked after following 50 or so users. I done one experiment, Step 1 : I used my own account @saytorahul to follow from crowdfire and I am able to follow 500 users and that too very fast, in under 2 minutes and changes reflected in twitter immediately and I have’t got locked, I did it next day and follow 500 and again I have’t locked. Step 2: I use my application to follow 70 users and got locked.
I tested it several times that on crowdfire I can follow as many user until I hit twitter limit ( e.g… like you cannot follow more than 1000 users a day or cannot follow more users if you already followed 5k users) and I can do continuously for weeks without any problem. please let me know whats happening, is it the discrimination in favour of big players!.