Twitter Error : gateway timeout – HTTP 503 response

Anyone else tired of this Twitter Error? Is this a Twitter API issue or a Twitterific issue? Regardless, I’m just wishing that the insanity with uptime would stop.

“There was a “gateway timeout – HTTP 503 response” error while communicating with Twitter. This is a problem with their server, so contact Twitter at if the problem persists.”



One Response to “Twitter Error : gateway timeout – HTTP 503 response”

  1. Dan Aunspach on August 31st, 2008 1:40 pm

    Okay, I’ve noticed other folks using Twitterrific have reported the error that occassionally posts in their Tweets List about a 503 error advising if the error persists to contact someone. Well, near as I can tell, this happens when the Twitter site becomes overloaded and Twitterrific tries to contact the server to receive new Tweets. The server can’t push new Tweets due to being overloaded, so, Twitterrific receives an Internet connection error from the timeout waiting for the server response that never came.
    Short of building up Twitter’s infrastructure, what can we do? Here’s a solution that will at least keep you from receiving those annoying notices in Twitterrific’s Tweets List.
    Step-by-Step Solution
    1. If it isn’t already open, open your Twitterrific client.
    2. Open Settings (Use the little crescent wrench looking icon between Home and Refresh on the bottom left corner of the Twitterrific window).
    3. Across the top of the Settings window, you’ll see a bar of five buttons: Tweets, Window, System, About and Register, respectively. Choose the System button.
    4. There will be a list of checkboxes. The last checkbox on the page, “Show errors in tweet list”, is checked by default. Uncheck the “Show errors in tweet list” checkbox.
    5. Choose the OK button.
    6. Restart Twitterrific, and you should never see these errors ever again!
    Note: If something funky does happen and you do want to see what errors you’ve been missing, you can go to the same page, as above, and click on the button right next to the “Show errors in tweet list” checkbox, the “Open error log file…” button