A strange Twitter double-fail

Twitter Fail

This makes no sense.

If you can’t read the above, it says “Sorry! You’ve hit your hourly usage limit. Try again soon.” That’s above a message that says “This user does not exist.” The user in question is @DickHardt, who does exist, as you can see.

Twitter has frozen me out, so I can’t check shit, but I’ll bet I haven’t tweeted more than maybe four times today.

I kinda doubt this is an April Fools thing, since faking a fail isn’t Twitter’s style. (Outright failing is another matter, whales withstanding.)

Clues, anybody?

And if anybody feels like tweeting this, please do. The short URL is http://bit.ly/gqSgMr.

Bonus link: A fun interview by @HowardStern with @Biz Stone. Here’s the audio clip.

[Later...] Seems to be working again. I guessed right: all of four tweets today. Tweeting this will be the fifth.

Okay, I just tweeted this, and now it tells me I’ve exceeded my hourly limit again.

I’m not alone. This is a big problem. It looks like Twitter is taking lessons from AT&T. Not good.

FWIW, some people have asked if I use a tool other than a browser to interact with Twitter. The answer is no. Sometimes I use the Twitter app on the iPhone, but not today.

6 comments

  1. Eric Hellman’s avatar

    Perhaps your external IP address is being throttled. Some intense Harvard data harvesting project, perhaps.

  2. andrewo’s avatar

    Had similar trouble a few nights ago — I was trying to unfollow about 100 and hit my “hourly usage limit” after dropping the first 50ish.

  3. M Wms’s avatar

    I got the same same message about my limit being reached a few months ago when I was accessing Twitter on my Android. Never figured out why. I had not tweeted anything that hour (or day).

  4. Bryan Price’s avatar

    Right now, all Twitter is doing is sitting there, while Firefox tells me it’s connecting…

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