This month, Canadian software company WhereCloud is predicting some applications based on Twitter may behave funny or crash. This impending “Twitpocalypse,” much like the famous Y2K bug of 2000, is based on a data processing limitation.
‘The Twitpocalypse is similar to the Y2K bug. Very soon the unique identifier associated to each tweet will exceed 2,147,483,6471
For some of your favorite third-party Twitter services not designed to handle such a case, the sequence will suddenly turn into negative numbers. At this point, they are very likely to malfunction or crash.’
17 Jun 2009 at 06:06:14 AM GMT
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