There's not a good way to accomplish this right now. Search API doesn't
represent the full body of tweets for a given query -- it goes back only a
few days and excludes tweets from accounts identified as spam and otherwise.

Taylor Singletary
Developer Advocate, Twitter

On Fri, Apr 23, 2010 at 11:24 AM, DagoochGuy <>wrote:

> I was wondering if there is a better way to get a total number of
> tweets on a search string than using the search API and then paging
> through the tweets.  I am interested in getting the total number of
> tweets for a topic since a particular time, generally the time of my
> last update, but it appears the only way to get a count is to page
> through the results, which would just lead to a ton of requests,
> instead of being able to just get an aggregate count in one api call.
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