I'll check with our abuse team, but this looks odd.

On Sat, Dec 12, 2009 at 10:23 PM, Sal Conigliaro <sco...@gmail.com> wrote:
> Hi there-
> I have an app that compares who you're following to your friends
> followers. To do this, I query ttp://twitter.com/friends/ids.json?user_id=X
> and compare that to my (saved) list of IDs.
> I noticed that if I make repeated (unauthenticated) queries to
> http://twitter.com/friends/ids.json?user_id=X (ie, I'm comparing my
> friends to friend A's friends, then to friend A's friend (B), then to
> friend B's friend (C)) that user_id X gets locked out (I get the
> "We've temporarily locked your account after too many failed attempts
> to sign in. Please chillax for a few, then try again." when trying to
> login to the website (or from a Twitter client).
> I'm guessing that the rapid, multiple queries look like abuse.
> I did notice, however, then if I make authenticated queries to the
> same API method, the account locking does *not* happen.
> Is this an anti-abuse method? Is my only option to use authenticated
> calls?
> Sal



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