Marc Mims wrote:
I've never found since_id reliable. If I read the home timeline and
save the most recent since_id, I often discover that new (i.e., statuses
I've never seen) get posted out of sequence---they have lower IDs than
the most recent since_id I saved.
Do you have some example of this that you could point out?
I know if the user follows new people then what you described might
happen. Otherwise, AFAICT, it should/must work, so if it doesn't then a
bug should be filed. Some (interactive, mobile) clients cannot afford to
re-download lots of tweets just to double-check whether some slipped
through the cracks somehow.
I know a few weeks ago, Twitter said that status_ids will stop being
strictly increasing at some point. If so, a new paging mechanism (not
based on since_id or max_id) must also be deployed before that change