POST /2/users/:id/following

Allows a user ID to follow another user.

If the target user does not have public Tweets, this endpoint will send a follow request.

The request succeeds with no action when the authenticated user sends a request to a user they're already following, or if they're sending a follower request to a user that does not have public Tweets.

Endpoint URL

Authentication and rate limits

Authentication methods
supported by this endpoint

OAuth 1.0a User context

Rate limit

User rate limit: 50 requests per 15-minute window

Max operations

Max operations per user: 400 per 24 hours

Max operations per App: 1000 per 24 hours

Path parameters

Name Type Description
string The authenticated user ID who you would like to initiate the follow on behalf of. You must pass the Access Tokens that relate to this user when authenticating the request.

JSON body parameters

Name Type Description
string The user ID of the user that you would like the id to follow.

Example requests

      curl -X POST -H "Authorization: OAuth $OAUTH_SIGNATURE" -H "Content-type: application/json" -d '{"target_user_id": "2244994945"}'
      twurl -X POST /2/users/6253282/following  -A "Content-type: application/json" -d '{"target_user_id": "2244994945"}'

Example responses

  "data": {
    "following": true,
    "pending_follow": false
  "data": {
    "following": false,
    "pending_follow": true

Response fields

followingbooleanIndicates whether the id is following the specified user as a result of this request. This value is false if the target user does not have public Tweets, as they will have to approve the follower request.
pending_followbooleanIndicates whether the target user will need to approve the follow request. Note that the authenticated user will follow the target user only when they approve the incoming follower request.