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What if I use the Twitter API to mass follow/unfollow?

Discussion in 'Social Networking Sites' started by llamedo, Apr 10, 2012.

  1. llamedo

    llamedo Junior Member

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    Well, TweetAttacks has always advertised as a software that doesn't use the Twitter API so you can't get banned. And I ask myself, what's the problem with using the Twitter API? What if I just create a PHP file that follows/unfollows people? Isn't that the same that doing from the web?

    Anybody goy any expirience with this?
     
  2. artizhay

    artizhay BANNED BANNED

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    API limits.
     
  3. BufferOver

    BufferOver Regular Member

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    Don't know how TA didn't used their API in the multi-thread option
     
  4. llamedo

    llamedo Junior Member

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    API limits of the user or the application?
     
  5. Salty

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    API limits per IP.

    Just use more IPs.


    I do this to archive more than 1,500 Tweets at a given time to get around paying $30,000/mo for their firehose.


    If you have a real data provider at a Colocation facility like Cogent, Level3, etc, they will give you however many IPs you want. A 1gb connection usually runs around $600/mo.
     
  6. llamedo

    llamedo Junior Member

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    So if I have a PHP file following people with the API, I just have to use different servers? Which means different IP's?
     
  7. Salty

    Salty Junior Member

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    You just need to use more than 1 IP, correct.

    If you don't own your servers and connection, then I guess I can see why you think one server can only use one IP. I don't really use random 3rd party server hardware like Rackspace/Amazon/Godaddy/Liquidweb, so I can't really comment on how you can get more IPs from them and use it.


    I use Cogent, have database servers, SANs, and web servers with over 200 IPs. Basically with a direct-to-backbone data provider you fill out some sheet and request however many IPs you want with no extra charge. You basically need to describe what you are doing with the IPs to get them.

    Cabinet, $1400/mo
    Cogent - 1gb, $600/mo
    Power, ?

    I forget how much the power bill is every month.
     
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  8. phatzilla

    phatzilla Supreme Member

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    I'm pretty sure the API is the only way to actually use twitter, theyve ported their whole platform to use api
     
  9. llamedo

    llamedo Junior Member

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    Maybe this will help:

    "Actions such as publishing status updates, sending direct messages, following and unfollowing are not directly rate limited by the API but are subject to fair use limits. These Twitter Limits are described on our help site."
    https://dev.twitter.com/docs/rate-limiting

    So following and unfollowing are only limited with the fair use limit? So is it the same as used in TweetAttacks?
     
  10. llamedo

    llamedo Junior Member

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    So, can an app have following limits?
     
  11. mcu999

    mcu999 Newbie

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    I understand the whole server/IP thing, but can someone please tell me how you generate the $$ using the twitter API?