Hi Taylor @episod . Thanks very much for your response.
I have a follow-up question that I hope you can answer.
The software program NodeXL has a “search” function that I can use to search for about 1 week of posts containing a specific word or words, and it then collects a network graph of the people engaged in discussion around the search terms. This search function can be used with Boolean operators like OR, and I can search for all posts containing specific Twitter handles. So for example I can search for all of the posts from the last week containing the New York Times and Washington Post Twitter handles by searching for “@nytimes OR @washingtonpost.” And I can search for 3 or more search terms at once too, like “@nytimes OR @washingtonpost OR @WSJ OR @BostonGlobe.”
This is a great search function, but I am trying to understand a limitation I’ve noticed on these searches. One thing I have noticed is that particularly when I am searching for one or more very popular Twitter handles like these, I often get incomplete search results. So I might search for one term and get a full week’s worth of posts containing that term. Or I might get only the posts from the past two days containing that term. Also, sometimes it will say I have searched for too many search terms at once.
Are there a certain number of posts for a particular search term that are blocked above a certain threshhold? If there is a limit, what is that limit?
Is there a specific limit on the number of simultaneous search terms that I can search for in one search?