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I'm hitting Twitter's rate limits VERY quickly and seeing an hour's worth used in 20 minutes.

I believe it's because Twitter's limits are set per-IP address, and being on a shared server this limit is shared across all accounts on that machine.

Would adding a dedicated IP to my account ($5/mnth) mean that remote get requests come from my dedicated IP? Thereby allowing me my full Twitter rate limits?

asked 14 Jul '12, 20:12

Dominic
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Yes, this will work, but only if you have a method of specifying the external-source-IP address of your request. Simply adding a dedicated IP address to your account won't have any effect; the system itself would still use the default IP as the source IP on the TCP packets unless instructed otherwise.

In general, it's possible to set the external IP for packets you send, but many software programs ignore this functionality and don't allow you to set it. If that's the case for your software, then adding a dedicated IP will be of no use. So, before deciding to purchase a dedicated IP, be sure to check the documentation and community for your software for instructions on "setting the external source IP" of outgoing TCP connections.

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answered 14 Jul '12, 22:04

ryans ♦♦
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edited 14 Jul '12, 22:06

Another solution that would both increase your rate-limit and shield you from any other twitter API requests is to simply create a Twitter app and authenticate your requests with the keys you get for that app. API requests with a registered app's keys are limited to 350/hr, while unauthenticated ones are limited to 150/hr... so you'll also be allowed over twice the number of requests.

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answered 15 Jul '12, 00:15

Yazan Sinan
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"simply" is the word. I don't need to post tweets or anything complicated like that. Just get a user timeline (with all entities). Can you point me in the direction of how to authenticate requests without requiring an oAuth library? I like how easy it is to do unauthenticated http://api.twitter.com/1/statuses/user_timeline.json?screen_name=twitterapi type requests.

(15 Jul '12, 23:46) Dominic
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