POST /2/users/:source_user_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 source 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

https://api.twitter.com/2/users/:source_user_id/following

Authentication and rate limits

Authentication methods
supported by this endpoint

OAuth 1.0a User context

Rate limit

50 requests per 15-minute window (user auth)

Learn more about rate limits.



Path parameters

NameTypeDescription
source_user_id
 Required 
stringThe user ID who you would like to initiate the follow on behalf of. It must match the username of the authenticating user.


JSON body parameters

NameTypeDescription
target_user_id
 Required 
stringThe user ID of the user that you would like the source_user_id to follow.


Example requests

  • cURL
  • twurl
      curl -X POST https://api.twitter.com/2/users/6253282/following -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

  • Successful response (public user)
  • Successful response (protected user)
      {
  "data": {
      "following": true,
      "pending_follow": false
  }
}
    
      {
  "data": {
      "following": false,
      "pending_follow": true
  }
}
    

Response fields

NameTypeDescription
followingbooleanIndicates whether the source user 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 source user will follow the target user only when they approve the incoming follower request.
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