Do all retweets have a retweeted_status field?


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I am trying to analyze retweet cascades and I was quite excited by the retweet_status field returned by the new REST API which promised to ease things a lot. Nevertheless, in a quick test sample of 10 tweets containing “RT: @” I found one that seems to have no retweeted_status field (see example below). I wonder whether there is a way of retweeting that is not recorded as a retweet and hence ends up lacking the retweeted_satus field or if I’m missing something else. If that is so, maybe I should go back to analyzing myself the tweet text looking for “RT: @”, which raises another question: is the “RT: @” always added at the beginning when retweeting? This would be such a pain since looking “by hand” for the original tweet of a retweet is really costly.

Another related question, it looks like when looking at retweets of a retweet (e.g. RT: @XXXX RT: @YYYY) there is no infromation in the retweeted_status about the original tweet being a retweet. Is that so?

Thanks

Example of retweed without a retweeted_status field:
{
“retweeted”:false,
“source”:"<a href=“http://twitter.com/download/iphone” rel=“nofollow”>Twitter for iPhone",
“favorited”:false,“coordinates”:null,
“place”:null,
“retweet_count”:19,
“entities”:{
“media”:[{
“display_url”:“pic.twitter.com/FcZ3sCHdRB”,
“id_str”:“345290246860177409”,
“sizes”:{
“large”:{
“w”:320,
“resize”:“fit”,
“h”:480
},
“small”:{
“w”:320,
“resize”:“fit”,
“h”:480
},
“medium”:{
“w”:320,
“resize”:“fit”,
“h”:480
},
“thumb”:{
“w”:150,
“resize”:“crop”,
“h”:150
}
},
“source_status_id_str”:“345290246855983104”,
“expanded_url”:“http://twitter.com/ALVAROVARGASFAN/status/345290246855983104/photo/1”,
“media_url_https”:“https://pbs.twimg.com/media/BMq3pmyCAAEnYLB.jpg”,
“url”:“http://t.co/FcZ3sCHdRB”,
“id”:345290246860177409,
“indices”:[60,82],
“type”:“photo”,
“media_url”:“http://pbs.twimg.com/media/BMq3pmyCAAEnYLB.jpg”,
“source_status_id”:345290246855983104
}],
“user_mentions”:[{
“name”:“ALVARISMOS”,
“indices”:[4,20],
“id_str”:“1395863804”,
“id”:1395863804,
“screen_name”:“ALVAROVARGASFAN”
}],
“hashtags”:[],
“symbols”:[],
“urls”:[]
},
“truncated”:false,
“created_at”:“Thu Jun 13 21:24:41 +0000 2013”,
“in_reply_to_status_id_str”:null,
“contributors”:null,
“text”:“RT: @ALVAROVARGASFAN: Vamos chicos!!! GANAR ALVARO al 27450 http://t.co/FcZ3sCHdRB gracias!! ❤❤❤”,
“user”:{
“friends_count”:387,
“follow_request_sent”:false,
“profile_sidebar_fill_color”:“DDEEF6”,
“profile_image_url”:“http://a0.twimg.com/profile_images/3610278918/8947a4a0a8d192f77c2c20c1c50fd749_normal.jpeg”,
“profile_background_image_url_https”:“https://si0.twimg.com/profile_background_images/859676821/e402ab398c3fbea7f5cbb7c3dc95670c.jpeg”,
“entities”:{
“url”:{
“urls”:[{
“display_url”:“roomartfair.com”,
“expanded_url”:“http://www.roomartfair.com”,
“url”:“http://t.co/PAIOt2MW1a”,
“indices”:[0,22]
}]
},
“description”:{
“urls”:[]
}
},
“profile_background_color”:“FFFFFF”,
“notifications”:false,
“url”:“http://t.co/PAIOt2MW1a”,
“id”:319207416,
“following”:false,
“is_translator”:false,
“screen_name”:“ALVAROplanob”,
“lang”:“es”,
“location”:“Madrid”,
“followers_count”:17519,
“statuses_count”:1502,
“name”:“ÁLVARO VARGAS”,
“description”:“OFICIAL TWITTER #ALVAROGH14”,
“favourites_count”:981,
“profile_background_tile”:true,
“listed_count”:60,
“contributors_enabled”:false,
“profile_banner_url”:“https://pbs.twimg.com/profile_banners/319207416/1367632532”,
“profile_link_color”:“FA00E9”,
“profile_image_url_https”:“https://si0.twimg.com/profile_images/3610278918/8947a4a0a8d192f77c2c20c1c50fd749_normal.jpeg”,
“profile_sidebar_border_color”:“FFFFFF”,
“created_at”:“Fri Jun 17 18:48:52 +0000 2011”,
“utc_offset”:3600,
“verified”:false,
“profile_background_image_url”:“http://a0.twimg.com/profile_background_images/859676821/e402ab398c3fbea7f5cbb7c3dc95670c.jpeg”,
“default_profile”:false,
“protected”:false,
“id_str”:“319207416”,
“profile_text_color”:“333333”,
“default_profile_image”:false,
“time_zone”:“Madrid”,
“profile_use_background_image”:true,
“geo_enabled”:true
},
“in_reply_to_user_id”:null,
“metadata”:{
“result_type”:“recent”,
“iso_language_code”:“es”
},
“id”:“345290652495527937”,
“in_reply_to_status_id”:null,
“lang”:“es”,
“geo”:null,
“possibly_sensitive”:false,
“in_reply_to_user_id_str”:null,
“id_str”:“345290652495527937”,
“favorite_count”:4,
“in_reply_to_screen_name”:null
}