Rate limiting our API

In: Announcements by: mathys

20 Jul 2010

We never had hard limits on our API, but because of some excessive use of our Search API lately, we are forced to implement rate limiting. We will however not limit the upload call and will play nice with the rate limit.

Currently we will limit calls to our Search API to 5 calls per 10 seconds. That’s still 1800 calls per hour. Our current 1.0 and new 2.0 API’s are not yet limited, but will be in the future. The same limits will probably apply.

Please note that:

You should implement caching on your end when you use our API and expect a lot of traffic. We receive a lot of uncached queries to, for example, getThumb and SearchPosts, which could easily be cached.

Our API is not built for large scale javascript implementations. You should always proxy calls through your own server, to prevent massive duplicate queries.

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