Our application has some features available to users who authenticate,
some features for those that do not authenticate.  I guess I'll put
this in the authenticate column for the time being.

If it is available publicly on twitter.com, you should allow access to
it via the API without authentication.

My suggestion would be to either add a parameter to user_timeline to
get retweets, or create user_retweets which mimics user_timeline
except only gives you the retweets.  Or do both :)

Thanks for listening.

On Nov 18, 6:46 pm, Marcel Molina <mar...@twitter.com> wrote:
> That's a compelling point. I need to think about it. We're stripping
> retweets out of user_timeline because clients that don't implement
> retweet have the (likely) potential of creating a very confusing
> experience for users. Removing retweets from the user_timeline at the
> time seemed fine because clients could merge retweets in using the
> retweet timelines if they wanted to. Use cases that didn't require
> authentication weren't being thought about for that scenario.
> On Wed, Nov 18, 2009 at 5:48 PM, Jeffrey <jeffreywin...@gmail.com> wrote:
> > Not having retweets in the user_timeline represents a loss of
> > functionality.
> > 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.
> --
> Marcel Molina
> Twitter Platform Teamhttp://twitter.com/noradio

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