Thanks Scott. Thats what another associate was suggesting last night. I figured 
the Twitter Advance Search Tool was wrapping around the Api and I could plug 
its queries into curl. I guess that is not the case.

Thank you

From: Scott Haneda <>
Sent: Sat, October 17, 2009 9:33:24 PM
Subject: [twitter-dev] Re: What is included In the "Queries are limited 140 URL 
encoded  characters." restriction?

You are sending in empty query terms, if you stop doing that, it will stop 
reporting that error.  for example, if you find on = and replace with =x on 
your query, you get "Sorry, your query cannot be more than 140 characters long 
(it is 168 characters).".

I do not think you should be testing against the web search when the intention 
is to use the API, they are not in perfect parity, and the error messages do 
not seem to be perfectly accurate.

You get 140 url encoded characters to the search API, at least, that is what my 
previous test showed.  Anything outside of 140, would be unpredictable, and not 
to be relied on.
--Scott * If you contact me off list replace talklists@ with scott@ *

On Oct 17, 2009, at 9:24 PM, leonspencer wrote:

> Continuing to go it along with the Advanced Search Tool to see what
> defines the "query" and length of 140 chars. Latest try resulted in
> the following response from the tool:
> "You must enter a query. "
> This is the query I entered from using the advanced search tool:
> I used order groups of 20 digits to examine the length -
> 12345678901234567890.

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