I noticed this behavior a long time ago (may be a month) and reported the
problem on this list, but it did not get any response from the api team. I
thought it was a bug, but just realized yesterday that the api probably
ignores 140+ chars status update intentionally. but' I'm not sure this is
the policy or temporary tactic to reduce workload on api. it would be good
that api team can clasify on this issue. to check if this happens or not,
you can compare the status sent to api and the status returned from api in
your application code.

On Fri, Oct 23, 2009 at 1:51 PM, Naveen <knig...@gmail.com> wrote:

> Here are two threads related to this issue.
> http://groups.google.com/group/twitter-development-talk/browse_thread/thread/cd95ce07be341223/66c66de585383868#66c66de585383868
> http://groups.google.com/group/twitter-development-talk/browse_thread/thread/3d6a727892710d5e#
> It is an inconvenient change, not because they changed it, but because
> they did not announce that the change was happening.
> On Oct 21, 5:37 am, Dave Sherohman <d...@fishtwits.com> wrote:
> > On Tue, Oct 20, 2009 at 07:37:03AM -0700, James Tymann wrote:
> > > Has anyone else noticed a change in the way that the 140 character
> > > limit is enforced via the API? I noticed a change sometime between the
> > > 13th and the 16th that is now causing all my 140+ character posts to
> > > be rejected by the API.
> > > Also a side note is that the api is not returning errors, they return
> > > proper responses however they are the proper response for the current
> > > status of the account, not the new status that was just attempted to
> > > be posted.
> >
> > My users first reported issues arising from this on the 15th, although I
> > didn't identify the cause until the 17th, at which point I asked about
> > it in #Net::Twitter and Marc Mims brought the question here under the
> > subject line "Bug? Updates > 140 characters return success with prior
> > update  payload".  See the discussion under that thread for more on it,
> > but the overall upshot is:
> >
> > - This is an intentional (if poorly-announced) change, not a bug.
> > - Status updates are known to be getting silently rejected in this
> >   manner both due to exceeding 140 characters and due to violation of
> >   the expanded "no duplicates" policy.
> > - Twitter has not stated whether there are any additional circumstances
> >   beyond those two cases in which updates will be silently rejected.
> > - Twitter has not stated any plans regarding adding an indicator for
> >   when a "200 OK" status update has, in fact, been rejected.
> >
> > I am attempting to compensate for this change by checking the returned
> > status ID against the previous highest-seen ID to determine whether the
> > status returned with the "200 OK" response is a new one or the user's
> > pre-existing status.  This seems to work, but does not indicate the
> > reason for the silent failure, so I can't report the cause to my users.
> > Andy Freeman has mentioned that, in the case of rejection due to
> > duplication, this is also unsatisfactory in that it does not allow him
> > to identify the original status which was duplicated.
> >
> > --
> > Dave Sherohman

AJ Chen, PhD
Chair, Semantic Web SIG, sdforum.org
Palo Alto, CA

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