Oh and also the benefit of users/followers is it includes all the user information. If you are just maintaining a social graph of ids, then pulling down all the ids via followers/ids would be the way to go. I think for most users this just requires a few requests.
Josh On Sun, Mar 14, 2010 at 9:42 AM, Josh Roesslein <jroessl...@gmail.com>wrote: > A method via the streaming API to get friendship / follower updates would > be nice. > > Now it may be better to use the users/followers method instead of > followers/ids. The reason > is this is ordered from newest to oldest based on when the user followed > you. So you would start > paginating from the start and keep going until you reach a "known" > follower. At that point > you should have a list of all new followers. You would still need to scan > the entire follower list > to find unfollows (if you need that info). > > Josh > > > On Sat, Mar 13, 2010 at 1:31 PM, Zero <zeroh...@qoobly.com> wrote: > >> I currently need to auto-discover new people who have started >> following me. >> Here's how I do it: >> >> 1. Periodically pull in my followers using '/followers/ids.json'. >> 2. Compare to my list of known ids to find new ids. >> >> The slight downside of this is it seems somewhat inefficient (for >> twitter). >> >> If there was access to an event stream of follow/unfollow requests >> this >> would be much easier. It also seems like it could be done with less >> latency. That is, if I have a lot of followers, I'm not going to want >> to burden >> the system by fetching the whole list at a high frequency. >> >> However, if I were just fetching the latest follows, it seems like I >> could >> do this at a higher frequency and not affect twitter. >> >> Questions: >> >> 1. Is there a better way to do what I want with existing API? >> 2. Are there emerging features that could make this better? >> >> Thanks, >> >> Zero >> > >