The <following> element was deprecated in May 2009 as it was unreliable.
Maybe the deprecation has seen been deprecated...

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On Tue, Aug 17, 2010 at 06:24, cballou <> wrote:

> I'm looking for clarification on the call to user:statuses/friends. I
> noticed that in the returned results there is a "following" field.  It
> appears as though this field indicates whether or not the screen_name
> supplied in the request is following the given user.  This
> information, to me, seems quite obvious.  We're making a request to
> retrieve friends after all; it is automatically assumed we're grabbing
> Mr. screen_name's friends
> The functionality I would like to see, and I believe would be
> beneficial meta-data for numerous applications, is that the
> "following" field feeds you a boolean value as to whether the user
> result is following the user associated to screen_name.
> If I have misinterpreted the field, my apologies.
> In the API Console, all returned results for my own personal
> screen_name returned "following" as TRUE, and I know a number of those
> individuals off the top of my head are not following me.
> Could we get this meta-data implemented in the response?  I'd be
> willing to discuss in more detail, I need the information without
> making additional API calls in order to further improve a weighting/
> ranking algorithm I am using.

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