Also, while it would be possible to use screen names for relations
(i.e. "from_user"), this would have a very negative side effect.
Mainly, if a user were to change their Twitter account name, previous
relations would be lost.

On Dec 22, 9:44 am, Corey Ballou <> wrote:
> For clarification, I had intended to say "from_user_id", as the
> username is returned properly.
> On Dec 22, 9:42 am, Corey Ballou <> wrote:
> > I just wanted to bring group-wide awareness to the fact that search
> > results from Twitter do not return an actual user_id. This has been a
> > known defect (and yes, I do believe it's a *very large* defect) going
> > on over 2 years now.
> > This is a call to arms to get this shit fixed. I can't believe it's
> > marked as an "enhancement". There's nobody else to blame for providing
> > a return param of "from_user" that doesn't actually map to an actual
> > user.  For those of us storing relational data, you're costing
> > precious API calls for those users who are still utilizing the search
> > API. The streaming API is not sufficient for all use cases, so that's
> > not a valid answer.
> > Below is the direct link to the issue tracker.
> >

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