Frequently Asked Questions

How do I contact Vicariously for support?

Reach out on Twitter! A simple tweet should get the job done or if you want something more private, DMs are open.

Can you explain the differences between the different list types?

Vicariously offers 5 different list types. They're all more or less inspired by set theory.
The classic list is the simplest and was the original list type on Vicariously (hence the name). It takes all the follows of a given user and adds them to a list. Simple.
The union list is similar to a classic list, however it works with multiple users. It takes all the follows of a set of given users and adds them to a list.
The intersect list takes the mutual follows of a set of given users and adds them to a list.
The subtract list starts with the follows of a given base user and then removes all the follows of a set of other users. With this list type, the order you enter the @handles in matters as the first @handle will be the base user.
The difference list adds the exclusive follows of a set of given users to a list.

Why is there a discrepancy between the follow count and list member count?

There's a few things that could be going on.
First, Vicariously syncs lists daily. That means there's a 24 hour window each day where the subject of the list might have added or removed follows and Vicariously hasn't synced the list yet.
Second, you cannot add a user to a list if they have blocked your or if they have a protected account and you do not follow them.
Third, the Twitter API has an undocumented limitations to how many members you can add to lists in a given day. From what I can tell, this threshold appears to be ~3,000. You might hit this issue if you create a bunch of lists in succession.
Vicariously does every thing it can to keep your lists up to date and as accurate as possible. If things seem out of whack, wait a day or two and the problem should work itself out.
Of course there's always the possibility Vicariously is the culprit for the issue. You should always feel free to reach out if you're experiencing issues.

My list status says I'm being throttled by the Twitter API, what does that mean?

You've hit the undocumented Twitter API threshold for adding users to lists. Since it's undocumented, it's not actually clear what the rules are. If you've just hit this issue with a newly created list, usually the list will sync as expected during the next attempt.
It should also be noted that the Twitter API doesn't return an error when this happens. Vicariously detects it by comparing the number of users expected to be added to a list to the number of users actually added to the list. If the delta between those 2 numbers is high enough, Vicariously assumes you're being throttled.

Why does it cost money to create more than 1 list?

It's as simple as this: there's costs to running Vicariously and charging a subscription is a way to offset those costs.
If you want to get around the subscription, you could always create a list, unlink it, and then create a new list. You'll just miss out on the daily sync and future fun features.
Also, if you can't afford $2/month or $12/year, but think Vicariously is cool, reach out. I'd be more than happy to give you a free subscription.

Who created Vicariously?

That'd be me, Jake Harding. This is just a side project of mine, I'm normally working on ilk. At ilk, we're trying to build creative child care solutions to help lessen the burden on families and also give educators more opportunities. Check it out if you're looking for child care.