I’d like to allow users to enter a Twitter handle and get back some very basic public data about that person – mainly # of followers and date joined, both accessible publicly on Twitter’s website.
By dynamically adding a “follow this person” button to the page, Twitter makes a call to cdn.api.twitter.com to get this information.
Is it okay to piggyback on that call and get a few other datapoints from the response? This would not alter the communication in any way. The “follow me” button retrieves the full user information automatically.