Home timeline changes regarding count parameter


#1

Hi,

I have been using the Twitter API through the tweetpony wrapper since January 2014. I weekly requested the resource https://api.twitter.com/1.1/statuses/home_timeline.json specifying different values for the count parameter (from 4 to 20) and always got a collection of the specified size.

However, since last week (October 2014) I noticed that the size of the collections I get when requesting the same resource does not match the count parameter anymore. I have tried a different wrapper, birdy, to make sure this is not a tweetpony issue and got exactly the same results.

I know that the count parameter does not accurately fix the size of the returned collection since some of the tweets may be discarded after counted. However, for the last 9 months it has worked as I expected and suddenly it is getting some unexpected results.

Is there any relevant change in the Twitter API recently applied regarding the home timeline? I noticed that the parameter include_rts can be used with the home timeline resource even though it is not included in the specification. Is there any other parameter not included in the specification I could use to retrieve the tweets that are missed in the returned collection?

Thanks for your help.


#2

Hi,

I figured out what the problem is.

I perform the requests to https://api.twitter.com/1.1/statuses/home_timeline.json on behalf of a Twitter user who last week muted some Twitter accounts he follows. In this way, when retrieving the user home timeline, the tweets coming from those muted accounts are discarded after counted. Hence, since the total number of muted accounts is about 50% of the followed accounts, when requesting the home timeline with a low value for the parameter count the size of the retrieved collection of tweets is usually 0 or close to 0.

I hope it helps someone with a similar problem.