In both cases it's still probably best to use streaming.  You don't
want to connect to often, but once an hour should be totally fine.

   ---Mark

http://twitter.com/mccv



On Tue, Aug 10, 2010 at 6:34 AM, Tom van der Woerdt <i...@tvdw.eu> wrote:
> On 8/10/10 12:58 PM, bitstream wrote:
>> Hi all,
>> I've been reading api docs lately but still can't figure it out what
>> will be the best approach when searching for hashtags.
>> streaming
>> I know that streaming api support statuses/filter where I can declare
>> 'track'. It's possible to use statuses/filter and add a track on
>> '%23hashtag' ?
>>
>> search
>> Or use a simple approach by calling search api and parse response from
>> something like this: http://search.twitter.com/search.json?q=%23hashtag
>
> My opinion:
>
> It depends. If you want to track a lot of keywords, you should use
> streaming. If you track only one keyword, then both are an option,
> depending on the amount of tweets for the hashtag. If you have a lot of
> keywords but they vary (for example, when users can add/remove hashtags)
> then you should consider a combination of both, where you reset the
> stream every hour and update it with new hashtags, and use the REST API
> for the hashtags that get added in the hour. After all, you don't want
> to reconnect too often.
>
> Tom
>

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