The track parameter on the Streaming API will give you all statuses that match a keyword. When rate-limited, you'll get an accurate count of the limited statuses. You'll only get accurate results for sets of keywords if your stream is not limited.
-John Kalucki http://twitter.com/jkalucki Services, Twitter Inc. On Oct 14, 12:39 pm, miker <mikerei...@gmail.com> wrote: > I'm looking for a simple way to count tweets over specific time > periods, and I have little concern for the tweet contents at this > time. I've taken a quick look at the Search API and I'm not sure this > is possible without transferring the tweet contents and counting them > based on their timestamps. > > For example, I'd like to be able to determine the number of tweets > with one specific search word each day, and be able to store, and > later graph the daily results over several months. It would be nice, > but not essential, to be able to do this with hourly granularity also. > > I'm an embedded systems C programmer, and I can imagine doing this in > C or some scripting language run on Linux or Windows. With some time > I'm sure I could code this in C myself, but it would be nice if there > was some tool(s) already in existence for this. > > Thanks ! > Mike.