On Thu, 10 Feb 2011 13:43:30 -0800, Ryan Sarver <rsar...@twitter.com> wrote:
Access to Twitter APIs scales as an
application grows its userbase.  With authentication, an application
can make 350 GET requests on a user’s behalf every hour. This means
that for every user of your service, you can request their timelines,
followers, friends, lists and saved searches up to 350 times per hour.

That brings up an interesting question. Suppose I'm using a web-based service like HootSuite that *isn't* using Site Streams (at least, I think they aren't using Site Streams). They're then getting 350 API calls per hour via oAuth in the "znmeb" account from their IP address. Now I log on to Twitter using the standard web app from my workstation. Do I get another 350 calls per hour because I have my own IP address, or are all IP addresses authenticated as "znmeb" sharing that 350?

A related question - how far away from production is Site Streams, and is there a plan to "encourage" services like HootSuite to migrate to Site Streams? It seems like it would be a big win for them (and all the other web-based Twitter platforms).

We also want to acknowledge that there are going to be some things
that developers want to do that just aren’t supported by the platform.
Rather than granting additional privileges to accommodate those
requests, we encourage developers to focus on what's possible within
the rich variety of integration options already provided. Developers
interested in elevated access to the Twitter stream for the purpose of
research or analytics can contact our partner Gnip for more

Ryan, as Adam Green just noted and I've noted in the past, that's a non-starter for small consultants, startups or non-profits. We simply will find problems to solve that don't require subscriptions to a high-volume and high-priced source of *raw*, *unstructured* data. There are plenty of large corporations who can sell "business intelligence" to other large corporations, but that's not a game that a small business can play. I am not a qualified prospect for Gnip's service and you shouldn't be pitching it to me. ;-)

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