Twitter newb question:

Mark, I want to be clear that I'm not questioning the accuracy of your
answer at all; I'm sure you're correct.  However, I can't fathom why
there would be this much redundancy in the data returned by the
Twitter API.  If I understand correctly, if I get the 20 most recent
status posted by a user, then that user's data will be returned 20
times - one with each returned status.

Ed's original reply sounded plausible (and interesting), as it at
least provided a reason for the repeated inclusion of user objects,
inefficient though it might have been.

Even a basic normalization would include just the id in the status as
opposed to the entire user object. I have to assume that the user is
there for a reason, however it's one that I can't figure out.  Can you
or someone else educate me about why this data is present?

Thanks very much,

On Mar 15, 3:48 pm, Mark McBride <> wrote:
> This is incorrect.  The user object returned with a status is intended to be
> represent the current user object, not a historical one.  However.  There
> are currently several bugs open around this, so the user object currently
> represents a snapshot of the user some time in the fairly recent past.
>   ---Mark
> On Mon, Mar 15, 2010 at 1:04 PM, M. Edward (Ed) Borasky 
> <>wrote:
> > Yep ... but you don't get all of their tweets. You get the most recent 3200
> > of their *original* tweets. If they used the built-in retweet, those
> > retweets won't show up in the pages. Try it on @znmeb (me), who
> > built-in-retweets a lot. ;-)
> > --
> > M. Edward (Ed) Borasky
> >
> > "A mathematician is a device for turning coffee into theorems." ~ Paul
> > Erd?s
> > Quoting Raymond Camden <>:
> >  Hmm. So if the API for getting a user's tweets allows you to get _all_
> >> of them (via paging, not in one request), that would be a way to trend
> >> their data over time, right?
> >> I'd rather not use twitalyzer - I want to use the Twitter API natively
> >> if I can.
> >> On Mar 15, 2:01 pm, "M. Edward (Ed) Borasky" <> wrote:
> >>> Well, you can retrieve the user's most recent tweets via
> >>> statuses/user_timeline. Each returned tweet will have a "created_at"
> >>> date/time stamp and an embedded "user" object. Inside this embedded
> >>> user object will be the number of friends and followers the user had
> >>> when the tweet was created. Plot the date/time stamps on the X axis
> >>> and the friends on the Y axis and do a kernel regression. ;-)
> >>> Or, you could go to, key in the user's Twitter screen
> >>> name, then use the "Trends" menu item to display the user's metrics. ;-)
> >>> --
> >>> M. Edward (Ed) Borasky
> >>>
> >>> "A mathematician is a device for turning coffee into theorems." ~ Paul
> >>> Erd?s
> >>> Quoting Raymond Camden <>:
> >>> > Is it possible to get information about a user based on a certain
> >>> > time? For example, the number of friends for an account can easily be
> >>> > returned - but it is for the time of the call itself. Is there a way
> >>> > to get those values from arbitrary date times?

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