I am a big Twitter user and I do most of my tweeting using Tweetie, which is my favorite Twitter app for iPhone. Recently I’ve been getting the same error more and more often and it’s getting very annoying: Secure Connection Failed.

I dug a bit into the problem and found out that I am not the only one having this Secure Connection Failed issue. Tweetie’s account on Twitter says that “it’s a problem on Twitter’s end, they’re tracking it down now” and they suggest that anyone who gets this error sends their IP address to contact@atebits.com.

First, I don’t believe the problem is on Twitter’s end. If it was, other iPhone Twitter app would have the same issue. Second, how am I supposed to email them my IP address when the problem mostly appears over 3G, which means I have a different IP address every time I make a data connection?

This problem has been going on for the past few weeks and it seems it’s getting worse. It’s really disappointing that Ate Bits, the developers of Tweetie, are not taking a more proactive role in this matter. I don’t expect much from a free app, but when I pay $3 for an application, I expect it to work flawlessly.

Have you guys encountered this issue as well? If you don’t use Tweetie, what Twitter application do you use? Is your iPhone jailbroken?

Update: Looking a the reactions on Twitter, it is clear that this problem also appears on other Twitter apps. My apologies to Ate Bits for thinking they were not doing their best. The problems does seem to come from Twitter itself after all.

  • Iain

    I get it fairly often with Twittelator Pro

  • Joseph

    I get it on SimplyTweet and Twitterrific. There are a lot of apps and websites that will show you you’re IP address when your on 3G.


    iNetworkSpeed and I believe the SpeedTest.net iPhone app will show you your IP as well.

  • DavidS

    I have been having this same issue for more than a month. It’s intermittent though, one day it works, the other day it doesn’t. Quite annoying!

  • Marauder

    Having the exact same problem in twitterrifuc pro. So maybe it us on twitters end.

  • John Gruber had the same problem:
    And got a lot of replies: http://twitter.com/gruber/status/3748353397

    Besides, why do you have reason to doubt Atebits about their assessment of the problem?

  • dale

    yeah, i get the message on both twitterific and twitterfon.

  • Angela

    I get it every time I go into Tweetie. But, if I open the Facebook app first, let it load fully, go back to the “desktop”, and load Tweetie again, Tweetie loads like a charm.

  • Cyberneil

    Yeay twitterena pro I’m getting the same error too

  • Really sorry about this – you can imagine we’re all pulling our hair out over this one. The really rough part is that there’s no way to easily reproduce it. I saw it once, never could get it to happen again (if I could, I could figure out a workaround in Tweetie).

    It does affect every Twitter client, but oddly enough, only on iPhone (if you notice it on another platform, please let me know: contact@atebits.com). I wrote a small blurb on the issue here as well: http://atebits.posterous.com/secure-connection-failed-0

  • Dre

    I have that problem using twitpro

  • Jackzilla

    I started having this problem after (although I didn’t realize until recently) insalling the Internet tethering AT&T profile from that benm website. It also made flickr/ mobile uploader not work at all unless I was on wifi. After removing the profile I no longer have this problem.

  • Jacob

    I have been using twitter for more than two weeks now. Yes I am new to twitter. But ever since I started using this, the secure connection problem occurs atleast 99% of the time. I didnt care about this issue as if you refresh the page once again, you get all the tweets. so whatever, I am not a serious tweeter so far, gud luck guys!

  • Steph

    I have TwitterFon and Tweetdeck on my iPhone and both do this “connection failed” error. It’s been happening the past few weeks and is very upsetting! I do most of my tweeting from my iPhone.

  • J.P.

    I have been having this problem with EventBox on my MacBook Pro as well as any Twitter client I use on my iPhone: Twittelator Pro, Tweetie, BirdFeed and Twitterena. It has become very annoying.

  • Garve

    I get this all the time using Twitteriffic and TwitterFon. Noticed it for the past 2 weeks or so, but it was never an issue before.

    I’m not on an iPhone though, I’m using an iPod Touch over wireless.

  • Paul

    I’m getting it on all my iPhone Twitter apps and even on the website itself through Firefox. It’s clearly something at Twitter’s end.

  • Sebastien

    @Mat right on. Thanks!

  • DavidG

    Apologies generally see far fewer eyeballs than the original posting. Articles such as this, making kneejerk accusations that later need to be retracted, can harm an app. Bloggers, try to adopt a higher standard of research before posting, please.

  • ruffnek

    I have the same problem using Twitterfon Pro… It didn’t seem to happen until I had left it running by using backgrounder, but I doubt it’s related.

  • Mat

    @ DavidG

    Whatever… he’s right, the service sucks. He had an opinion that based on his observations he didn’t believe the explanation. He was wrong. It’s not a “higher standard of research” but common sense.

    Get over your snobby self.

  • @Paul, FireFox — really? Do you remember the error it gives you?

  • yeah, i have also got the message on both twitterific and twitterfon. Thanks

  • iPhoNerd

    Probably DavidG is from Twitter board lol. Fix it before cryin about bad reputation 🙂

  • Paul

    @Loren Brichter it says this:

    Connection timed out.

  • SailCarib

    I am new to Twitter and was getting those errors with Twitteriffic. I thought I was doing something wrong. I got TwitBird when it was free a few days ago and haven’t seen those errors since.

  • newTwit

    how to you set up this app to require a password at login?

  • @newTwit I don’t think you can.

  • Kirsty

    Although this was in issue on my iPhone, it seemed to clear up after I downloaded Tweetie 2.

    Now it’s driving me batty on my Tweetie desktop app… happening 50% of the time I try to tweet or request any actions.

    Quit/reopen seems to be the only fix.

    Is there any updated info on this problem? Or any hints for a fix?