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Often find yourself scrolling through Twitter for hours on end? Well, that's coming to an end because, in a recent post, Elon Musk announced a limit on how many posts you can view in a day. In the tweet, Elon Musk stated that this limit exists to reduce data scraping by bots in the app.
Now, if you're not signed in to Twitter, you may not be able to view the tweet we've linked above so allow us to describe what the tweet said. According to Elon's tweet, unverified accounts will only be able to view 600 posts a day, while verified users with the exclusive (read: paid) blue check marks will be able to view 6000 posts a day. If you're new to Twitter, you'll get half that limit, which is 300 posts a day. Elon later updated this limit to 8000 posts for verified, 800 posts per day for unverified users, and 400 posts per day for newcomers.
After the change imploded across the Internet over the weekend, Twitter has now updated the limit again to 10,000 tweets for verified accounts, 1,000 for unverified accounts and 500 for newcomers per day.
As mentioned above, you'll also need to be signed into Twitter in order to view tweets on third-party sites. Those without an account were not able to view them. All these changes are happening because Elon says that artificial intelligence companies like ChatGPT, Bing and Google Bard have been using third-party means to take data from Twitter to train their AI applications.
The worst part is, this limit applies to all loaded tweets, regardless of whether you've read them or not. Even scrolling past a post without viewing it will eat up your quota, which means whether you like it or not, you're going to have to look at all those repetitive and irrelevant sponsored Tweets, because those are also part of your quota.
On one hand, this could be a good time to take a social media break and cut down on screen time; on the other, the update takes away much of Twitter's utility, especially since it's currently the fastest way to get updated on current news. What do you think?