Twitter: latest application platform problems solved

The micro-blogging service says everything's fixed but asks developers to alert it to ongoing problems

The technical problems that affected the performance and availability of third-party Twitter applications in recent days have been fixed, the micro-blogging and social networking company said Monday evening.

"We have made some great progress today in tuning the system to a point that should allow our partners to operate as they were before the recent issue began," wrote Ryan Sarver, a member of Twitter application platform support team in a discussion forum for Twitter developers.

The latest problems with the Twitter application platform started on Saturday afternoon, when the Twitter Web site suffered an unexpected outage.

The measures the company took to restore the service affected the API (application programming interface) and other functionality that third-party applications need to access Twitter data and services, it said.

Twitter didn't detail those measures and has not offered a technical explanation of the problem.

Although Twitter is confident the issue is resolved, it is asking external developers to check that their applications are functioning normally.

If they're not, Twitter wants developers to submit a problem report, along with information like the IP address of the machine making requests to the API, the IP address of the machine they're contacting in the Twitter cluster and the Twitter API URL they're requesting, among other things.

"If you don't provide at least some of the additional information we will not be able to help you, so please do some leg work and help us help you," Sarver wrote.

It has been rough recently for developers who have built applications for the Twitter platform.

A week and a half ago, the company came under fire from a distributed-denial-of-service (DDOS) attack and the defensive measures Twitter implemented had a severe effect on many external applications for several days.

"Over the past ten days we have been dealing with a lot of stress on our network and that has caused a number of our partners to be knocked offline for extended periods of time. This is obviously not something we want to happen, and the platform and [operations] teams have been working hard throughout that time to address the needs of our ecosystem while protecting the system as a whole," Sarver wrote.

Join the Good Gear Guide newsletter!

Error: Please check your email address.

Tags downtimetwitterTwitter applicationsAPI

Struggling for Christmas presents this year? Check out our Christmas Gift Guide for some top tech suggestions and more.

Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Juan Carlos Perez

IDG News Service

Most Popular Reviews

Follow Us

Best Deals on GoodGearGuide

Shopping.com

Latest News Articles

Resources

GGG Evaluation Team

Kathy Cassidy

STYLISTIC Q702

First impression on unpacking the Q702 test unit was the solid feel and clean, minimalist styling.

Anthony Grifoni

STYLISTIC Q572

For work use, Microsoft Word and Excel programs pre-installed on the device are adequate for preparing short documents.

Steph Mundell

LIFEBOOK UH574

The Fujitsu LifeBook UH574 allowed for great mobility without being obnoxiously heavy or clunky. Its twelve hours of battery life did not disappoint.

Andrew Mitsi

STYLISTIC Q702

The screen was particularly good. It is bright and visible from most angles, however heat is an issue, particularly around the Windows button on the front, and on the back where the battery housing is located.

Simon Harriott

STYLISTIC Q702

My first impression after unboxing the Q702 is that it is a nice looking unit. Styling is somewhat minimalist but very effective. The tablet part, once detached, has a nice weight, and no buttons or switches are located in awkward or intrusive positions.

Latest Jobs

Shopping.com

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?