Twitter MentionTimeline returning 503:The Twitter servers are up, but overloaded with requests error continuously

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#1

Hi Twitter Community,
I am continuously getting 503:The Twitter servers are up, but overloaded with requests while using https://api.twitter.com/1.1/statuses/mentions_timeline.json API endpoint.

This is the account I am using: https://twitter.com/YouTube

Can you please tell me if there is any issue with the twitter servers?


#2

Was this just for one account, but working for others?

It sounds like there was possibly a traffic spike - the error message is pretty clear on this. The error codes page specifies that you should retry later.


#3

Hello @andypiper
We are still facing the same issue for this account. It is happening only for this account and is continuously happening for the past 4 days.


#4

You’re still getting a 503 error?


#5

yes @andypiper


#6

How often are you calling the endpoint.

As mentioned on the other thread, that account receives a very high volume of mentions so I can imagine that this kind of error may occur if the servers are struggling to keep up. A 503 is temporary and suggests that you should retry at a later time. Your other thread implies that this is intermittent, as you’re able to get mentions sometimes but not at others.