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Mount Logan
Status: Gathering Kudos

Strava should add an immediate cap so users cannot follow new athletes above the limit unless they first unfollow athletes.

(Yes, I agree 2,000 accounts are a lot. Yes, I should have unfollowed some athletes sooner. But, why are we allowed to go above 2,000 if that is the limit?) 

  • The issue is that the sudden decrease in accounts I follow creates a bad user experience. 
  • Just today I noticed my family and friends were automatically unfollowed. My cousins who are new to Strava this month and new friends I made over past years may have seen this and wondered why I unfollowed them. I texted them when I noticed and explained why I had to request a refollow. 
  • Ultimately, I don't even know who I lost above the 2,000 because it looks like I lost friends I had added two years ago arbitrarily. 

If Strava caps it at 2,000 athletes, Strava should stop me from following more athletes unless I first unfollow some athletes. When it allows me to go above 2,000 limit and it automatically purges accounts on an arbitrary date in the future, this creates a bad user experience. This requires me to explain what happened to family and friends. 

Please don't let us go above 2,000 athletes limit if it is the rule. Enforce it immediately not on a random date without notice.  

Thank you!

(p.s. I solemnly swear that I will not go above 2,000 ever again)


Shant Hagopian
Attorney & Athlete
Next race: LA Marathon (3/17/24)
Status changed to: Gathering Kudos
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Jane (she/her)
STRAVA | Community Hub Team

Mt. Kenya

Excellent idea, Shant.  It would be useful to see who to unfollow as well without having to go through each profile.  The side bar where it shows people who follow you is useful.  How about a unfollow for the people that don't follow you?  Additionally, how about an enhanced membership to allow those that would be interested in paying a little more to be able to follow more people?  Strava Ultra perhaps?  I would follow you Shant since we think alike but I'm quite a bit over my follow limit.

Mount Logan

Thank you @csrobinson59 ! Yes, these are great ideas and sidefar unfollow button make it much easier to unfollow accounts that don't follow or haven't been active in years. Other social media companies have higher limits. Instagram is 7500, FB and Twitter are 5,000. The number arbitrary, but I just wish it was an absolute cap so they don't get wiped at a future date.

Shant Hagopian
Attorney & Athlete
Next race: LA Marathon (3/17/24)