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 http://twitter.com/episod On Fri, Apr 23, 2010 at 11:24 AM, DagoochGuy <sponsor.dago...@gmail.com>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. > > > -- > Subscription settings: > http://groups.google.com/group/twitter-development-talk/subscribe?hl=en >