When querying for users directly using users/show we will indicate if they are suspended or not. If they are deleted it's as if they never existed so you will get a 404. For methods such as timeline responses, and followers/friends, suspended and deleted users are filtered out.
Remember a suspended user can be reinstated, and that users can change their screen_name leading to 404s if you query for them in that way. Assuming a user is deleted or suspended permanently using users/show is not sensible, and you should instead rely on Twitter filtering the users out of other responses (such as followers/friends/timelines). As for the missing users could you please add the screen_names to this ticket in our issue tracker: http://code.google.com/p/twitter-api/issues/detail?id=1784 Best @themattharris Developer Advocate, Twitter http://twitter.com/themattharris On Mon, Oct 25, 2010 at 12:59 PM, Slate Smith <sl...@slatesmith.com> wrote: > Gotcha, I'll write in a class to test for suspension/deletion etc. > > On Oct 25, 2010, at 3:51 PM, Tim wrote: > > I believe users/show returns with status 403, with "user has been >> suspended" in the text >> >> On Oct 25, 5:19 pm, Slate Smith <sl...@slatesmith.com> wrote: >> >>> I haven't seen a method for checking a suspended or deleted account >>> yet. If anyone knows of a "hack" for that it would be nice. Messes w/ >>> metrics etc. >>> >> >> -- >> Twitter developer documentation and resources: http://dev.twitter.com/doc >> API updates via Twitter: http://twitter.com/twitterapi >> Issues/Enhancements Tracker: >> http://code.google.com/p/twitter-api/issues/list >> Change your membership to this group: >> http://groups.google.com/group/twitter-development-talk >> > > -- > Twitter developer documentation and resources: http://dev.twitter.com/doc > API updates via Twitter: http://twitter.com/twitterapi > Issues/Enhancements Tracker: > http://code.google.com/p/twitter-api/issues/list > Change your membership to this group: > http://groups.google.com/group/twitter-development-talk > -- Twitter developer documentation and resources: http://dev.twitter.com/doc API updates via Twitter: http://twitter.com/twitterapi Issues/Enhancements Tracker: http://code.google.com/p/twitter-api/issues/list Change your membership to this group: http://groups.google.com/group/twitter-development-talk