Negative Followers count


#1

I’v been using the Streaming API for a month to collect data and prepare it for analysis. However, I noticed that there are users with negative values (particularly -1) in the followers_count, friends_count, statuses_count and favourites count fields.

What does this mean ? because I went and checked the profiles of those users, and they seem normal.


#2

Typically this means that this data took too long to fetch and the streaming API elected to deliver the Tweet instead of waiting longer. This behavior is documented here: https://dev.twitter.com/docs/streaming-apis/processing#Missing_counts