Since the Site Streams API of Twitter is in closed beta and gives no more access to new users it seems the only way is the (5k users) limited Public Stream I am using with Phirehose. The main purpose is to get new tweets from specific Twitter users in realtime.
Is it guaranteed to recieve every tweet of the users I only specify by the follow parameter? I read if you get too much data in it could drop as low as 1% - is that different if I’m not doing a search but instead follow specific users? On average I would have 400 tweets per minute coming in. Also what happens if I have to keep track of more than 5k Twitter users (which happened in the past)? Gnip isn’t really an option as I offer my service for free to the Twitter community.