As of 2015-08-21 22:00 UTC, the Twitter Ads API is returning
503 SERVICE UNAVAILABLE with message
OVER_CAPACITY whenever the Twitter Ads analytics backend exceeds its capacity due to a high volume of requests. If a 503 is returned for a request, the cost for the request will not impact the current rate limit status (
x-cost-rate-limit-remaining response header).
Our team is working to ensure better availability and increased reliability on our stats endpoints, and we will be sharing updates on this effort as they’re available in this forum thread.
To let partners know when they should retry a query, we will soon add
retry-after headers to all of our analytics endpoints that return a
503 SERVICE UNAVAILABLE. We will also be adding these to our non-analytics endpoints when they return a 503 in the coming weeks.
In the mean time, we recommend developers retry with exponential back-off using the
x-cost-rate-limit-reset header value as the earliest next retry for analytics requests if they receive a 503 response from the Ads API. If there is a high volume of 503s, please delay queries for historical data.