I am working on an application that required me to check if a large number of twitter users exist, roughly 87000. I did have previous program that worked with about 1000 users and I ran the method LookUpUsers() in order to get them back in increments of 100. This worked great as I split up my calls and for 1000 I would only need 10 calls, and so on. But for large numbers of users such as 87000 I would need to make about 870 calls. Before I called this method I checked each user’s existence with a call to checkID and if a 404 came back I would remove that user from the my Array list.
So is there an easy way to check whether a user actually exists? Why isn’t there a method called exists() in the API? Any suggestions or tips on how to go forward would be a great help!
Thank you very much.