I track Twitter trends for a project, and since API 1.1 was released I’ve been seeing great differences in the results depending on how I make the request. First for background, I’m using the API request “1.1/trends/place.json?id=23424977” to get United States trends. When I do this using OAuth tokens for different accounts, I get slightly different results through the API for different accounts. The first 5 are roughly the same across accounts, and the second 5 have 3 out of 5 that are different. When I use Twitter.com and request United States trends, the results are totally different from the API, and totally different between different accounts. None of these accounts are set to use tailored trends.
Here is an example. If I make an API request now, I get:
#LetMyPeopleVote Former President Jimmy Carter #thingsthatonlyhappeninthemovies #ReplaceASongNameWithTwerk #LiamsBirthdayCards #NTGDERM The 2DS Rep John Lewis Lincoln Memorial Dr. King
If I use Twitter.com, I get:
#IHaveADream #hiphop Aaron Hernandez #Twerk Syria #MarchOnWashington #DreamDay Wii U Nintendo 2DS Dr. King