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Change to the way Politwitter updates Tweets

posted by @cka_politwit on Dec 22, 2009
For those who frequently use Politwitter daily you have no doubt come across the red error message saying "Twitter rate limit reached". This refers to the limit of request the site can make to Twitter to fetch data in a given time period. The frequency of this problem has increased with the increase of traffic to the site, the limit is reached almost all day.

This error was would only occur on pages that don't load cached/archived tweets, but a solution was needed. So I've been working on a new backend method of fetching the majority of the tweets. With this new method Twitter has granted increased access to the site so their should be no problem with limits.

The new update method is also faster! Politwitter will now show new tweets in mere milliseconds after they are posted to Twitter. With any large change like this, problems could popup. So please let me know if you notice anything missing or out of place.

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