Ladies and gentlemen, have you ever tried to scroll through your Twitter timeline only to be met with a dreaded “Rate Limit Exceeded” message? Well, as it turns out, you’re not alone! Even our beloved K-Pop idols, those we often see as superhumans living in their glimmering K-Pop bubble, were caught in the same social media mishap recently.
When Twitter, the beloved social media giant, recently updated its app, it inadvertently created a buzz — but not the good kind. With a new feature dubbed the “Rate Limit,” users found themselves unable to read more than a few hundred tweets per day. Suddenly, the ceaseless stream of thoughts, news, memes, and banter that Twitter is so famous for was reduced to a trickle.
The outcry was swift and widespread, affecting millions of users worldwide. People from all walks of life — students, celebrities, journalists, and of course, K-Pop fans — found their digital routines disrupted. For a platform often lauded for its real-time updates and unfiltered access to global conversations, the rate limit felt akin to a social media lockdown — and these three idols felt the exact same way.
1. EXO’s Baekhyun
First off, we have EXO’s Baekhyun, the main vocalist of the massively successful group. With his soulful voice and boyish charm, he has a knack for making his fans’ hearts flutter. But guess what? Twitter had other plans this time. Our boy Baekhyun, apparently flabbergasted by the new update, tweeted, “I can’t see a lot of what my Eris say now? …. ㅠㅠㅠㅠㅠㅠ What is this!!!!!” How dare Twitter separate an idol from his fans… The struggle is real, folks!
이제에리들말들 많이 못봐?…. ㅠㅠㅠㅠㅠㅠ이게뭐냐!!!!!
— Baekhyun_EXO (@B_hundred_Hyun) July 2, 2023
2. Eric Nam
Next up, we have Eric Nam, our favorite pop maven with a golden voice. Despite his usually cool demeanor, he too couldn’t escape the Twitter trauma. Posting a tweet just as bewildered as the rest of us, he shared his confusion with Twitter’s controversial updates — Eric didn’t forget to proclaim his love to his fans either. How can we not love this man, honestly?
I’m not sure what it means for my rate limit to be exceeded and why my blue checkmark has disappeared, but I want you to know that I love you and I always have. My only requests are to stream “house on a hill” and to see you on tour. It’s been real guys pic.twitter.com/2rBXDAHjM2
— Eric Nam (에릭남) (@ericnamofficial) July 1, 2023
3. DAY6’s Jae
Completing the trifecta of affected K-pop stars is DAY6’s Jae, the quick-witted guitarist and vocalist. Known for his creative problem-solving and fan engagement, he took a different approach to the “Rate Limit” issue. Instead of lamenting, he swiftly tweeted a Discord server link, suggesting, “NEW DISCORD SERVERS FOR JARS!!” Just like that, he created a new platform for his fans to stay in touch and keep up with his updates.
NEW DISCORD SERVER FOR JARS!! https://t.co/6lf99iFg5k
— eaJ (@eaJPark) July 1, 2023
Who would have thought a Twitter breakdown could make the world of K-Pop seem even more accessible? t turned out to be a strange but heartwarming instance of shared global experience. Thankfully, the Twitter “Rate Limit” issue appears to be resolved now, and we can all resume our regular fangirling and fanboying activities.