The current friends_timeline and home_timeline both include mentions
already. The friends_timeline will continue to not include retweets
since the payload for a retweeted status is slightly different. At
some future time, though, the friends_timeline will be removed in
favor of the home_timeline, which will include retweets. Having both
parallel timelines, with one that does not include retweets is just a
stop gap measure to ease the upgrade path.

On Wed, Sep 2, 2009 at 4:56 PM, TjL<> wrote:
> from the API page
>> Twitter REST API Method: statuses/home_timeline [COMING SOON]
>> Returns the 20 most recent statuses, including retweets, posted by the 
>> authenticating user and that user's friends. This is the equivalent of 
>> /timeline/home on the Web.
>> Usage note: This home_timeline is identical to statuses/friends_timeline 
>> except it also contains retweets, which statuses/friends_timeline does not 
>> (for backwards compatibility reasons). In a future version of the API, 
>> statuses/friends_timeline will go away and be replaced by home_timeline.
> Does this mean that "in a future version of the API" there won't be
> any way to get a friends timeline without retweets?
> Because the ability to ignore retweets ought to be a Day 1 feature, IMO.
> I would put a much higher value on a unified feed which includes
> "*mentions* and friends" than "*retweets* and friends"
> TjL

Marcel Molina
Twitter Platform Team

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