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Why my Twitter Client Keeps Showing Errors

July 10, 2010 10:48:28.547

I'd been wondering why my Twitter client has been showing an increasing number of errors lately (both on my Mac and on my iPhone). Now I know:

Twitter is helping to combat outages by restricting the number of times third-party apps such as TweetDeck and Echofon can access the service. The microblogging service reduced the maximum number of API calls to 175 an hour, compared to the 350 per hour it had been previously. This means many third-party apps are unable to update tweets as often as usual.

That makes perfect sense for Twitter, but it does mean problems for the existing deployed set of applications which had a different set of expectations.

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posted by James Robertson

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