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Twitter messaging service affects IPhone Apps

Posted on: June 15, 2009

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The surging popularity of the Twitter messaging service has broken some or all of several Twitter client applications as a part of what is being called “the Twitpocalypse.”

(Image Caption: Twitterrific senses the Twitpocalypse and ceases to function.) Each message on Twitter is assigned a unique identification number. On Friday evening, the number of tweets exceeded 2,147,483,6471. While that doesn’t seem like a round number, it’s the largest number that can be stored as the data type known as a “signed integer.” Once that number was exceeded, some versions of some Twitter client apps could break in a fashion similar to what was expected during the Y2K “millennium bug” era...Read More…

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