That absolutely seems like a bug, or at least an inconsistency - we
generally return a 404 when things are missing. Please file an issue
and we'll fix it up early next week.

On Fri, Sep 25, 2009 at 17:51, Dewald Pretorius <> wrote:
> API folks, could you please, please NOT return 401 "Not authorized"
> when an authenticated call with a perfectly valid username and
> password requests a /queryusername.json where that queryusername
> happens to be a username that does not exist.
> Rather return 404.
> By returning 401 you are making it impossible for me to tell where the
> actual problem lies and inform the user. Is it with the user's
> password, or is it because the user wanted information about a Twitter
> account that does not exist?
> Dewald

Alex Payne - Platform Lead, Twitter, Inc.

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