Sampling followers


#1

Since v1.1 limits fetching followers to 75k in 15min, I am having trouble to take a true random sample from 75k+ followers (for statistical purposes). I cannot fetch all followers and take the sample myself, nor can I fetch a sample directly (since both GET followers/list and GET followers/ids are sorted, and the paging system does not allow fetching arbitraary pages, only next and previous).

Am I missing something? Or is it simply impossible to efficiently take a random sample from 75k+ followers?

Can we expect new functionality that enables us to fetch random/arbitrary pages, or to sample from followers in some other way, without fetching all of them?

I think providing more help for sampling followers and friends will get rid of most of the complaints about the rate limit of GET followers/list, GET followers/ids, GET friends/list and GET friends/ids.