One could get started gathering these metrics by analyzing search
queries in the vein of:


On Wed, Aug 26, 2009 at 7:03 AM, Shannon Clark<> wrote:
> Hi all,
> This isn't specific to the app I'm building at the moment, but the recent
> thread on how to determine who is using your application reminded me of a
> general question I have about the APIs.
> Is there is an API call to return information about updates done via a given
> application? (i.e. the information which is available via the website about
> which application was used to post a given status update). Ideally I could
> see utility for queries of this form via multiple of the API's - as a filter
> on the streaming API's for example or as an option to filter upon via other
> API's calls or just as metadata inherent with each update which an app could
> choose whether or not to use in some manner.
> Ideal would be options to both positively filter and negatively filter -
> i.e. for an app to offer a blacklist of applications your users do not wish
> to see updates which were posted by those apps (but might want to see some
> aggregated information about what you have negatively filtered - i.e.
> @rycaut has 3 recent updates from PlaySpymaster which aren't displayed etc.
> At scale I could also see useful data for the developer community about
> activity & usage patterns of our applications - both raw usage (i.e. # of
> status updates) but also diversity of usage (# of unique users, % of those
> users' updates per app type, etc). Potentially as well Twitter might offer
> aggregated data about usage patterns (perhaps only as relative usage w/o
> specific data) which could include patterns of usage from even accounts set
> private (without revealing anything about those accounts  just adding their
> data into aggregated totals - and again if the specific data isn't shown
> then certain attacks on privacy could be avoided)
> Anyway, perhaps there are already ways to access this data, if so I'd
> appreciate a pointer to them, if not, I hope this sparks some discussion.
> Shannon
> Founder, Nearness Function - strategic consulting, brand advertising &
> sponsorships
> Twitter - rycaut
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Kevin Mesiab
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