Twitter has evolved quite a bit over the last 4 years. It's not always
possible to evolve the API at the same pace.

I wouldn't say that mutual followers are friends. They're just mutual
followers.



On Tue, May 25, 2010 at 7:43 PM, Miles Parker <milespar...@gmail.com> wrote:

> This question is sort of pedantic, but I'm wondering why the API
> refers to "friends" instead of "followers". The API say's that
> "friends" == "following", but I understand (e.g. see this nice little
> article
> http://andrewchenblog.com/2009/03/16/friends-versus-followers-twitters-elegant-design-for-grouping-contacts/
> )
> that "friends" are mutual followers, that is:
>
> 1. I follow you (following)    ->
> 2. You follow me (follower)      <-
> 3. We follow each other (friends)    <->
> 4. Nada     ΓΈ
>
> So would it be correct to substitute "following" for "friends" WRT to
> API? To keep it straight on my side, I'm going to have to come up with
> a word that means "friends" in the sense of 3 above.
>

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