You can lookup 100 users per rate limited call, that should be plenty
to play around with.

http://apiwiki.twitter.com/Twitter-REST-API-Method:-users-lookup


On Sep 20, 10:38 am, Vijay <vijayaraghura...@gmail.com> wrote:
> "You really shouldn't be planning for the case where every single Twitter
> user uses your application"
>
> Haha, I agree.  Its just that I took a few thousand users randomly, and was
> playing
> with their publicly available stats, tweets etc and quickly hit the rate
> limit.  Hence
> this question.
>
> On Mon, Sep 20, 2010 at 11:21 AM, Tom van der Woerdt <i...@tvdw.eu> wrote:
>
>
>
> > You really shouldn't be planning for the case where every single Twitter
> > user uses your application ;-) When you get to 100 users, you request
> > whitelisting. When you get to 20000 users, your server will have a
> > problem handling all the information and you'll need to get a second
> > server anyway.
>
> > Tom
>
> > On 9/20/10 5:17 PM, Vijay wrote:
> > > I am not sure about 20k, but 150 is miniscule.
> > > If I am collecting stats on a bunch of users every hour for example, I
> > > can only
> > > collect on 150 users, which is tiny, compared to 140 million users
> > > Twitter has.
>
> > > How do the big companies manage?  For example, twittercounter claims to
> > > have stats on 10 million users...that is a LOT of data.
>
> > > On Mon, Sep 20, 2010 at 11:14 AM, Tom van der Woerdt <i...@tvdw.eu
> > > <mailto:i...@tvdw.eu>> wrote:
>
> > >     20k per IP is a lot. It means that a server should make more than 5
> > >     requests per second to hit the limit, which is a lot.
>
> > >     About your options: no idea. Just make sure to use the proper
> > functions
> > >     and try not to hit the limits? :-) 150 is a lot as well, most Desktop
> > >     clients don't hit it (didn't, until Lists came ^^).
>
> > >     Tom
>
> > >     On 9/20/10 4:56 PM, Vijay wrote:
> > >     > Hi,
>
> > >     > Newbie question, so please bear with me.
>
> > >     > I am experimenting with twitter API, but quickly found myself
> > hitting
> > >     > the rate limit
> > >     > (150 without authentication, correct?)
>
> > >     > How do the big sites get over the rate limit (tweetstats,
> > >     twittercounter
> > >     > etc)?
> > >     > Twitter's documentation says they can white list IPs, but would
> > still
> > >     > allow only
> > >     > 20k requests per hour.  Also, they would only white list apps that
> > are
> > >     > already in
> > >     > production.  So if I just want to experiment / learn, this
> > >     wouldn't work.
>
> > >     > What are my options?  There is no way I can have multiple IPs.
>
> > >     > Vijay.
>
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