Clarification on Access and Rate Limiting


Reading the Streaming API concepts, in the section Access and Rate Limiting (quoted below), I’m not sure what is being referenced as an “account”:

“Each account may create only one standing connection to the Streaming API. Subsequent connections from the same account may cause previously established connections to be disconnected. Excessive connection attempts, regardless of success, will result in an automatic ban of the client’s IP address. Continually failing connections will result in your IP address being blacklisted from all Twitter access.”

The one standing connection-limit is per application? Per Twitter account (I assume the one owning the application)? Consumer key? Access token?

Does this limitation consider the IP address as well?

Thank you in advance for the clarification.