Not having retweets in the user_timeline represents a loss of

With user_timeline you can get the tweets of any user using the "id"
parameter, but there is no way to get the tweets of another user using
home_timeline without being authenticated *as that user*.   So this
limits the ability of applications to gather info for a user without
requiring them to log in.   Before the retweet funcdtionality was
added, "organic" retweets were of course visible.   The built-in
retweets are not.

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