About six weeks ago, I created a small web service that provides RSS feeds for Pinterest users and boards, fixing some issues with the official RSS feeds. Apparently, it's a smash hit, to the point that several users have pointed out when it hasn't been working for them. This has uncovered bugs (thanks, Mary), and sometimes, it just looked like Pinterest itself was having some kind of mid-life crisis. This morning, however, I had a very different problem: (and thanks for the two people who pointed out the error to me, I wouldn't have seen it otherwise!)
The app in running into Google AppEngine quotas! Wow. That, my dear friends, is how popular this shit is.
I've updated the app to cache feeds a bit more effectively, which will hopefully help push database usage back below the limit for the time being. (it could also make things worse) What this update will definitely do is make my app serve feeds even if it's temporarily unable to get good data from Pinterest.
The 48% of the daily quota you see above is what the old version amassed in about seven or eight hours. That alone could be enough to push us over the limit again tonight (we'll see), but if there's still a problem on Tuesday morning, I'll look into how much it'd cost to raise the AppEngine quota and consider moving the app to a different server. I'll do what I can to keep it up and running, of course.