Hitting Rate Limits on Instapaper is Probably My Fault

I’ve noticed that since Wednesday I’ve started to receive “rate limit” messages from Instapaper. Though I found one StackExchange posting about it, I have not seen a lot of mentions about it on Twitter. My theory is that my method of using Instapaper1 is not how they would prefer people use the site.

I hope the last couple of days have been a blip2 and/or the rate limit rates are relaxed. I’ve been using Instapaper since John Gruber first linked it in 2008 and have been a subscriber since the iOS app has had an option to subscribe. I really would prefer to keep it as my only “Read Later” service. If, however, I am causing too much strain on Instapaper’s servers by sending it too many things, there are other “Read Later” services I can use to spread out my articles3. Hopefully it will not come to that, but at least I have options in the market if it does.

  1. Since I normally go through RSS feeds in short 2-3 minute bursts, I send any article I think I might want to read to Instapaper. The decision takes about half a second. I will then sit down in both morning and evening and pick articles out of my Instapaper queue to read. This means I probably end up reading only 30-40% of the stuff I send to Instapaper. 

  2. I did send a metric buttload of Mountain Lion stuff to Instapaper and that will not be happening again any time soon. 

  3. E.g., I could send sports and politics stuff to Readability and tech stuff to Instapaper.