Thanks, Taylor.

And to clarify my understanding:

The Search API is the only entry point for "compound" searches, yes? I.e., if I 
want to get Tweets from multiple users in a single call?

Also, the REST API does not support searching for hash tags in any form, yes? 
So the Search API is the only means for that?

Thanks again,

p.s. The "Search Quality Help Page" link at the bottom of the page you linked 
below is dead.  I.e.,:

On Aug 10, 2010, at 8:31 AM, Taylor Singletary wrote:

> The search API's available corpus of tweets for search varies -- it's not 
> always exactly a week, as tweet velocity has an effect on how many tweets can 
> be made readily available for searching. Search also contains only a portion 
> of the total amount of tweets in the system at any one time: 
> Thanks,
> Taylor
> On Tue, Aug 10, 2010 at 8:00 AM, mX. <> wrote:
> Hullo all -
> While I opted to keep the subject line short(er), I allow that this
> may all be a case of user error and that there may be nothing either
> random w/ the API.  That said...
> ... I've been working w/ the REST API and am trying to incorporate
> some of the Search API functionality, but am having a very difficult
> time w/ it.  An immediate example is the fact that the API seems to
> return very few items from its search.
> E.g., the following search strings (740AM PST, Tue Aug 10):
> feed://
>    - returns 4 tweets dating back to Thu Aug 5, 110P (per Twitter
> feeds)
> feed://
>    - returns 13 tweets dating back  to Thu Aug 5, 601A (per Twitter
> feeds)
> feed://
>    - returns 15 tweets dating back to Sun Aug 8, 127P (per Twitter
> feeds)
> All the information I've read re: rate limits should put 15 tweets
> well below that.  Further, although the API docs suggest the data for
> the Search API is indexed only for the last seven days, I would still
> expect to see tweets for all of the last seven days, rather than only
> five (e.g., the first search should have returned more Tweets dating
> back to Aug 3.
> All in all the API does not appear to be working as advertised,
> however, I may be missing the fine print.
> Is there a limit on the # of days back which the search parameters
> will reach? And what is it?
> Is there a limit on the # of tweets that will be returned? And what is
> it?
> Thank you in advance!
> mX.

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