Twitter jail, it all sounds a bit sinister doesn't it... "Twitter jail" is online slang describing the time out that Twitter enforces on users who have posted to the site too many times over a given hourly or daily time period. When you've exceeded Twitter's posting limits, your account is temporarily disabled, prohibiting you from posting publicly. However, while you're not allowed to tweet during this time, you'll still be allowed to access your Twitter page and read tweets from users that you follow. Yes, that's right Twitter can actually put you into figurative jail for breaking their daily tweet limits. But do you know what these are? 100 Tweets Per Hour 1000 per day OK, so who is currently thinking 'how is it ever going to be possible to end up in Twitter Jail. No one can Tweet 100 messages in an hour or post 1000 Tweets per day'. You will be surprised at how quickly the numbers mount up, the restrictions apply to a multitude of actions available on Twitter! Retweets These are included in your daily limit. Direct Messages You have a limit here too! Aside from sending too many tweets over an hourly or daily span, you can also be blocked for sending too many direct messages. DMs are different from tweets in that you're communicating privately, and not on a Twitter page with a fellow user. If you send more than 250 direct messages in a day, you won't be allowed to send any more for the rest of the day. Twitter Hours @wetherbyhour is a regular visitor to Twitter Jail, as an active hour we RT almost everything that comes in within the 60 minutes! It's a busy hour, so we are in trouble most weeks. If you see RTs during #wetherbyhour coming from our alter-ego @wetherbyhour_jo you know where we are! During Twitter Hours it is very easy to Tweet more frequently than usual, without even noticing. Jail Time If you've been sent to "Twitter jail," don't worry – it's not a permanent thing. There's not a process you have to complete before you can start tweeting again, you just need to wait it out. Twitter doesn't publish a specific timeframe for restoring posting privileges, other than suggesting that users wait "a few hours" after receiving an error message informing them that they've hit the limit. After you've "served your time," you'll be permitted to tweet again, just as you had before. You'll still be allowed to access your Twitter page and read tweets from users that you follow. Reasons for Twitter Jail There are several reasons why Twitter has instituted its Twitter jail policy. For one, it ensures that its servers are not too busy at any given time and that error messages are minimal. The policy also helps Twitter identify spammers, as they're more likely to exceed the limits. "Twitter jail" is online slang describing the time out that Twitter enforces on users who have posted to the site too many times over a given hourly or daily time period. What is your experience with Twitter Jail? Have you ever ended up there or are you naturally a good Twitter citizen? Proud to be a Jail bird! The idea of #wetherbyhour is to give local businesses a bigger voice, so we are a little proud to hit the jail cell on a weekly basis! It shows that we are doing our job properly!