Thanks, Taylor and Twitter API team! I know what I'm doing this
weekend :)

On Apr 1, 5:53 pm, Taylor Singletary <>
> Hi Folks,
> As indicated a few weeks ago, we're launching our new *beta* enhancements to
> and the Search API today -- it's currently rolling out to
> our servers. Thank you all for your feedback.
> *Key API Takeaways*:
>   - During the current phase, receiving "popular tweets" in your API search
> results is *OPT-IN*. You will not see the new top results in search  unless
> you specify the *result_typ**e* parameter on your search query string.
>   - The result_type parameter takes one of three values:
>     * *mixed* - receive both "popular tweets" and most recent tweets for the
> query. This is the equivalent of the future default behavior.
>     * *popular* - receive only "popular tweets" for the query.
>     * *recent* - receive only recent results for the query. This is the
> equivalent of the behavior you've come to expect until present
>   - Each tweet in a search result will now contain a metadata node, with a
> field called 'result_type' that indicates whether the tweet is "popular" or
> "recent". In the future, there may be other result_types. The metadata node
> will eventually contain other fields as well.
>   - In addition to result_type, the metadata node may also include a
> 'recent_retweets' field indicating the number of retweets the tweet has
> received recently, rounded to a reasonable integer.
>   - This metadata field will now appear in search results regardless of your
> OPT-IN status on the popular tweets feature. You don't have to do anything
> to receive this new metadata along with tweets in search results. In JSON,
> the metadata field is simply "metadata." In XML, you'll see it expressed as
> "<twitter:metadata>".
> *Continued Discussion*:
> To date, Twitter's real-time search has proven to be incredibly valuable.
> People, businesses and organizations have come to depend on finding out
> what's being discussed about a particular topic *right now*.
> We've been really impressed at the integrations many of you have developed
> using the Search API. Whether it's offering search columns in a Twitter
> client, mapping #hashtags to search, or deep analysis of trends and brand
> monitoring, you've shown us what's possible with Twitter search.
> With this new project, we want to make real-time search even more valuable
> by surfacing the best tweets about a particular topic, by considering
> recency, but also the interactions on a tweet. This means analyzing the
> author's profile, as well as the number times the tweet has been retweeted,
> favorited, replied, and more. It's an evolving algorithm that we'll be
> iterating on & tuning until practically the end of time.
> With this initial release, if we detect that there are particularly
> interesting & relevant tweets for a given query, we'll display at most 3 of
> these tweets at the top of the page. We'll also display the number of times
> these tweets have been recently retweeted as well.
> You can check outhttp://search.twitter.comto see our new beta relevancy
> results now. Using the new features of the API we're launching today, you
> could build a similar interface for the popular results but we're expecting
> awesome & creative uses of these new result types, not necessarily limited
> to user-facing features.
> Explore the new result formats and options in the updated Search API
> documentation:
>  our
> original post on the 
> subject:
> Happy Hacking!
> Taylor Singletary
> Developer Advocate, Twitter

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