I have been wanting to exclude retweets before showing the results of a search to our users. We use the “retweeted_status” to figure this out and hide the re-tweet in our system. But this brings the re-tweets into our system and is counted towards the 100 search results for a query.
But recently I found a way to not get re-tweets as part the the search API result set itself. If I have -include:retweets as part the search string, it seems to be excluding all the retweets.
My question is: Can we continue to expect the above to work going forward or is this a feature that may be taken away in the future?