Same oddness w. friends count as well? I'd guess so. My problem is that if I try to get followers using paging, I get different numbers (and different followers) than if I pull the entire list w/o paging. Also, followers disappear and reappear from one hour to the next.
On Sep 2, 5:44 pm, Jason Tan <jasonw...@gmail.com> wrote: > Hello, > > I have spent a good portion of today reading through closed, merged, > and open issues onhttp://code.google.com/p/twitter-api/issues/list > > I am trying to figure out the best way to get an accurate followers > count. Initially, I was using /users/show which returns the full user > object, including the followers_count item. However, I have noticed > that this number only updates when the user posts a tweet. If the > user has no new tweets, the follower count is not updated. Data I was > pulling in was many days old. I understand the need to cache data, > but being unable to pull up an approximate count of followers from the > past several days is a problem. > > I have seen this issue posted many times, but it is always merged into > issue 474, which appears to only deal with the following flag, and not > the followers_count. There was one issue (which I can't find anymore) > where there was acknowledgment that the users/show data was cached > until a new post was made but no mention of any fix or solution. > > My next approach was to use the statuses/user_timeline. I wasn't sure > if the user object for each status would have the "current" value or > the value at the time of the status update. When I grabbed the xml > formatted response, I got (starting from the most recent status and > going back): > 1686, 1653, 1685, 1685, 1685, 1685, 1685... > > Through the rest of the statuses, it stayed the same. Interestingly, > 1686 is the current value listed on the website. 1653 was the value I > got from /users/show. And I'm quite certain that the followers count > did not stay constant at 1685. > > Moreover, when I grabbed the json version of statuses/user_timeline, I > got entirely different results: > 1653, 1653, 1683, 1675, 1652, 1661, 1644... > > This seems to reflect the current number of followers at the time of > the status update, unlike the XML feed. > > Anyways, to get back to my original question. How do I get an > accurate followers count for a user? Also, why are there still XML/ > JSON discrepancies (I came across a few reported issues that said they > had been resolved). > > Any help or suggestions would be very much appreciated! > > Thanks, > Jason > > P.S. The account I was using for the above examples was DailyPHP