Twitter Applications may go down Today + Solution

Twitter applications like TweetDeck, Twirl, Hootsuite, TwitBerry, etc… may be down any time on Saturday in Middle East region time.

Reason: Twitpocalypse is the name of anticipated programming bug that’s about to be exposed. Apparently, every tweet sent out has a unique numeric identifier; this identifier is about to hit 2,147,483,647. This number is considered the signed integer limit and eventually when some third-party Twitter clients start hitting it, the identifiers will start turning negative, and those applications are likely to crash as a result of failure.

Solution: In all cases you can still use Twiddict – short for Twitter addict – is a service that lets you tweet even when Twitter is down. Twiddict will constantly ping the Twitter API to see if the service is up again, and send your messages as soon as Twitter resumes normal operation.

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Tarek is the founder and chief researcher at Youngberry, a youth research and marketing firm dedicated to the region. Tarek founded and previously worked as Manager at Flip Media (Interactive Agency), (Job Site) and Consulting House Qatar (Consulting firm). He is researcher and writer on internet & disruptive innovation, entrepreneurship, and youth culture.

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