I need to set up an automatic retweeting capability for a client who wants to hold debates on Twitter. The basic idea is that 10-20 people would be tweeting using a predefined tag. My code would follow all of these users with the streaming API, and any tweets they send with this tag would be retweeted by an account that acts as the aggregator for all the debaters. They only want tweets from these users to be retweeted. This means that anyone who wants to follow the debate could just follow the aggregation account. This is better than using search to follow a tag, because only tweets by the specified users would be retweeted. Anyone could read this debate, but only specific users could add to the debate.
My question is how many tweets can be retweeted by a single account in an hour? The docs are predictably obscure: "The Update Limit of 1,000 updates per day is further broken down into semi-hourly intervals. If you hit your account update limit, please try again in a few hours after the limit-period has elapsed." Does this mean that within 1 hour only 1000/24 = 42 retweets could be sent? Or does it mean something else? -- Twitter developer documentation and resources: http://dev.twitter.com/doc API updates via Twitter: http://twitter.com/twitterapi Issues/Enhancements Tracker: http://code.google.com/p/twitter-api/issues/list Change your membership to this group: http://groups.google.com/group/twitter-development-talk