Have you heard of the ‘twitpocalypse ‘ yet?  Bit of a scary word for a Saturday morning right?  There were numerous articles about this yesterday “ I ‘ve now discovered, but I ‘d never spotted them until this morning.  So what is the twitpocalypse?  Here ‘s a little slice of TechCrunch ‘s rundown: Twitpocalypse is […]
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Are Your Twitter Apps Showing Any Signs of the ‘Twitpocalypse’?

Twitpocalypse

Have you heard of the ‘twitpocalypse ‘ yet?  Bit of a scary word for a Saturday morning right?  There were numerous articles about this yesterday “ I ‘ve now discovered, but I ‘d never spotted them until this morning.  So what is the twitpocalypse?  Here ‘s a little slice of TechCrunch ‘s rundown:

Twitpocalypse is the name given to a bug that ‘s about to be exposed. Apparently, it ‘s similar to the Y2K bug in its nature, and stems from the fact that every tweet sent out has a unique numeric identifier. This identifier is about to hit 2,147,483,647. This number is the signed integer limit and apparently when some third-party Twitter clients start hitting it, the identifiers will start turning negative, and those apps are likely to crash as a result.

In the end, the folks at Twitter did their best to schedule the twitpocalypse, which is a very funny concept for a Saturday morning, and it mostly seems to have gone by without causing too much havoc “ but there are some apps that have been affected by it.  One of them is the Twitterrific iPhone app (though not the desktop version apparently).

I can confirm that the Twitterrific iPhone app is not working for me since last night “ it just gives me the error shown in the top screencap.

The Tweetie app “ on both the iPhone and the Mac “ is working fine for me “ although I have seen mentions that its ‘Trends ‘ section is behaving oddly, and have just seen this is the case for me as well.  It initially loads just one tweet for each trend section, and you have to keep hitting ‘Load More ‘ to see more of a list. 

What are you all seeing?  Are your Twitter apps having any problems or behaving strangely?  Do you think you ‘ll use the word twitpocalypse in a conversation with any of your non-techie friends anytime soon? 🙂

UPDATE: There ‘s been an update tweet from the developer of Tweetie, stating that the app is having some search problems due to twitpocalypse, and there will be an update to fix these:

Tweetie

Thanks to Twitter user Ingrid – @bradgal – for pointing this out to me.

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