What is API?
I’m not going to tell you what API stands for because you really don’t need to know. What you do need to know is that you only get 150 an hour and if you use them all up, you end up in #twitterjail and you won’t be able to tweet until the hour is up.
This is not a problem if you are using the web (twitter.com) as it does not have limits. But if you’re using 3rd party clients like Tweetdeck you may find that you run out of API. Every time Tweetdeck contacts Twitter to send or receive your tweets it uses up your API.
What can you do about it?
Firstly go into settings in Tweetdeck. It’s the spanner in the top right corner.
1.) In the general tab make sure you tick ‘Open Profiles in a Web Page’ (saves on API calls)
2.) Change your Twitter API settings, by clicking and drag the slide rule. I tend to run mine at about 50%. I dramatically reduce how often I get DMs (10 mins) cause I don’t tend to DM very often.
3.) You may also want to check your settings on Twitter.com to see if anything is connected to your account as it will drain API as well.
If you are feeling a bit more adventurous here are more advance ideas for tweaking your settings.