Stop doing this. You are stressing the system and producing questionable
results. You run a very high risk of blacklisting. Also, there are many many
existing studies that go over this same ground of active users and break the
data down in painstaking detail.

Instead, take the Spritzer sample feed on the Streaming API if you must
collect this data. This feed will, over time, give you a very accurate
picture of "active accounts", which I think you mean "tweeting accounts".
Many users are "active" without tweeting, or without even ever logging in to

-John Kalucki
Infrastructure, Twitter Inc.

On Fri, Mar 26, 2010 at 12:38 AM, mcfnord <> wrote:

> I'd love a list of id's for active accounts and another list of id's
> for inactive ones, by some sensible criteria of activity. Publishing
> this is in's interest, admittedly for that large first and
> second crawl. I'm calling this for everyone:
> And I need to call it again after some time passes to determine
> activity. Maybe there's a good alternative? I'm not belly-aching about
> the two complete canvases, but I think i calculated that it takes my
> whitelisted application 145 days to complete from now, consuming its
> full allotment of 20k every hour of every day. Is that right? well
> it's close.
> I'm very new to the scene so please tip me off if there's a shortcut
> datasource that reports inactive accounts, so i can dial api traffic
> about inactives way back. i'd love a bulk appraisal of account
> activity/inactivity as a binary condition or in any other flavor
> (status update is another sensible source as an activity inference).
> all clues appreciated.
> thanks cats!
> john
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