The search will only let you go back approximately 5 days. It is not
intended to be a long-time search.

There are some services on the web which have stored all tweets of the
past few years - you may like to use that kind of services instead of
the Twitter Search API.

Tom


On 10/17/10 4:56 PM, Toggle wrote:
> Hello,
> 
> I'm working on a final year project at university which incorporates
> Twitter as its primary data repository. After looking through the API
> it seems that search queries are capped to 1500 posts: "Clients may
> request up to 1,500 statuses via the page and rpp parameters for the
> search method."
> 
> My problem originates from the fact I need to look at status tweets
> over the past year on a given search query. Assuming I type in "the
> pope" on Twitter Search I can only go back to 4 hours ago because of
> the 1500 cap. What I have noticed however, there is a LOT of noise
> (irrelevant tweets). My project is based on Natural Language
> Engineering and so I need quality data.
> 
> The question I ask, how flexible is the search within the twitter API?
> Could I potentially construct queries that would return the
> information I need?
> I only need tweets that contain the subject matter but are basically
> not "spam". I need tweets about ->Real Peoples Opinions<- over the
> last year.
> 
> What would be the best way to do this?
> 

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