Hi Adam, The exact logic of the limiting for posting tweets isn't disclosed (more obscurity for you ;)), but it isn't necessarily evenly divided into a 24 hour period. A retweet, for the purposes of this limit, is the same as a Tweet, so the daily and roaming period-based limiting for posting statuses applies collectively to both tweets and retweets.
This type of account is a great way to curate topical tweets like this. There are a few automation rules associated with them: http://support.twitter.com/articles/76915-automation-rules-and-best-practices-- as you've described the account, I don't think you have anything to worry about in that regard. @episod <http://twitter.com/episod> - Taylor Singletary On Mon, Apr 18, 2011 at 6:15 PM, Adam Green <140...@gmail.com> wrote: > 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 > -- 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