The last few days I’ve been getting hammered with emails from people who are having trouble getting their Tweet Adder twitter automation tool to log in.
They put in the username and password for that account, just like they are supposed to and it just keeps failing.
Some of them are like, “Dude, I just paid $XX.00 for this thing and it won’t even log in!”.
So, what is the deal with Tweet Adder not logging in to Twitter lately?
There are always the “usual” explanations, of which there are generally two:
- One has entered their log-in info incorrectly, usually by copying and pasting an extra space at the end, or by having a lower-case letter where there should be a capital letter, or vice-versa,
- One has not logged in to their Twitter account and gone into their settings for that account and unchecked the box next to where it says “Always use https://”.
No matter what, if you do one of those two things, the Tweet Adder isn’t going to log you in.
The Real Reason The Last Few Days…
But the real reason that Tweet Adder has been having trouble just the last few days, actually maybe not even two days at this point, is because Twitter has been “over capacity”.
Now, I don’t know why Twitter would be over capacity.
In looking at their Twitter Status page I see that on Friday, Sept 28th, they were having issues where users could not upload their avatars. The explanation given is: “Users are not be able to upload or update avatar or background images. Our engineers are currently working on this issue.”, but right underneath that now it says “Update: This issue has been resolved.”
How do you know if Twitter is over capacity?
Simple. They won’t let you log in but instead they will send you to a page that looks like this:
Now, the first thing I thought was, “How the hell can Twitter be over capacity?” It would seem to me that a site as large and established as Twitter would have mega, mega capacity.
I can only assume that there is some technical issue that they are in the process of fixing and they are currently only running on a portion of their server, a small part of their capacity.
The thing is that usually, during the prime time Twitter use at night, every once in a while I’ll get an over capacity page like that, but it is very rare. Yesterday I was getting it just trying to navigate to Twitter in my browser, not even using Tweet Adder. That tells me that there is some serious problem they are dealing with if I can’t even get to the main page of the site in the middle of the day.
Anyway, I did find that if I just kept trying throughout the day that I could catch times when I could log in. Apparently, once you are logged in you don’t get “booted” when they hit capacity. You are part of the reason why they are over capacity. They are restricting new log-ons, not booting people off who are already logged on.
Another thing that Twitter might be doing is they may be restricting the number of connections you can have with one IP address. This wouldn’t surprise me. I’m generally logged in to about 25 accounts all from one IP, and I use proxies for another 10 accounts or so.
The reason I say that this may be something that Twitter is doing is because I had tried to navigate to a few of my Twitter profile pages and it wasn’t even letting me see the pages, just showing me the “over capacity” notice. But then I logged in to my virtual machine (basically a PC that I don’t own, but pay monthly for access to use via a Remote Desktop connection) and I was able to navigate to the same pages just fine. However, when I tried to log in I still got the “over capacity” notice.
Obviously there is something going on with the IP address. I’m not 100% sure what.
But ALL my accounts are active. I haven’t had Twitter cancel any of them or anything like that.
So, in short, it’s not your Tweet Adder that is the problem. It’s Twitter.
I’d recommend that before you go sending tickets to peeps at TweetAdder.com or emailing me that you check to see whether Twitter is even allowing log-ins at that time. Otherwise, refer to the first two points above.
And for God’s sake, if you are using an automation tool for Twitter, such as Tweet Adder, don’t do anything that is too aggressive or that is something that a single human being could never do. I mean, don’t follow 500 different people in 30 seconds. Don’t follow a whole bunch today and then unfollow the same one tomorrow. Use common sense. Better yet, familiarize yourself with all the Twitter Community Guidelines and do your best to adhere to them.
You would use a tool such as Tweet Adder to automate what you want to do, not to spam the ever-lovin’ crap out of Twitter and piss everyone off. You feel me “Dog”?
You review Twitter’s Guidelines here.
You can view Tweet Adder Tutorials here.
… now let’s get to work and get you free!
ajcosens [at] gmail.com
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