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 <> wrote:
> Hello,
> I have spent a good portion of today reading through closed, merged,
> and open issues on
> 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

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