Search API and Twitter Search both return different results


I am trying to search with the Twitter API v1.1 but I can get different results to the main Twitter Search
e.g. Here is the Twitter Site Search url (, this returns a single result

If I try and pass
in to the API ( I get 0 results (the statuses property is empty) if I just use the ‘from’ then I get the results I would expect


The Search API’s index only goes back about a week while the website has some additional features not found in the API.


Hi Taylor,
The result I get via the site is for the 29th July (over a week ago), seems to more be a combination of ‘from:’ and ‘#’ values e.g.

This causes the same issue, via the site I get a number of results from 15 July going back, but none via the API


Hi Taylor, I don’t think my previous reply went through, having internet issues

I think it is more to do with the ‘#’ tag being used with the ‘from:’ as I have found another example
returns results from the 15th July where as the API search
q=from:MelbRecital #MRCMOTM
still returns nothing


I’m also facing the same issue. Infact I’m getting a more severe case. Fom API hit I recieve only 1 result. While if I go on twitter itself or search from Twitter’s Advance Search Platform I get all the results (

Response from API -

{"statuses":[{"metadata":{"iso_language_code":"en","result_type":"recent"},"created_at":"Tue Jan 13 12:50:12 +0000 2015","id":554983754826260480,"id_str":"554983754826260480","text":"These 2015 Resolutions may help you benefit from your Data. http:\/\/\/wJlF43Z2Wt","source":"\u003ca href=\"http:\/\/\" rel=\"nofollow\"\u003eHootsuite\u003c\/a\u003e","truncated":false,"in_reply_to_status_id":null,"in_reply_to_status_id_str":null,"in_reply_to_user_id":null,"in_reply_to_user_id_str":null,"in_reply_to_screen_name":null,"user":{"id":15929523,"id_str":"15929523","name":"Knexus","screen_name":"Knexus","location":"London \/ New York","profile_location":null,"description":"The leading provider of Cloud based Customer Engagement software. Maximise the reach of your content across all media & achieve clear ROI from engagement.","url":"http:\/\/\/0xI0RI2RmC","entities":{"url":{"urls":[{"url":"http:\/\/\/0xI0RI2RmC","expanded_url":"http:\/\/","display_url":"","indices":[0,22]}]},"description":{"urls":[]}},"protected":false,"followers_count":4095,"friends_count":2358,"listed_count":92,"created_at":"Thu Aug 21 09:24:00 +0000 2008","favourites_count":0,"utc_offset":0,"time_zone":"London","geo_enabled":false,"verified":false,"statuses_count":3278,"lang":"en","contributors_enabled":false,"is_translator":false,"is_translation_enabled":false,"profile_background_color":"E4E4E4","profile_background_image_url":"http:\/\/\/profile_background_images\/15034424\/123.jpg","profile_background_image_url_https":"https:\/\/\/profile_background_images\/15034424\/123.jpg","profile_background_tile":true,"profile_image_url":"http:\/\/\/profile_images\/1737674172\/Knexus_Logo_Twitter_normal.png","profile_image_url_https":"https:\/\/\/profile_images\/1737674172\/Knexus_Logo_Twitter_normal.png","profile_link_color":"0084B4","profile_sidebar_border_color":"BDDCAD","profile_sidebar_fill_color":"DDFFCC","profile_text_color":"333333","profile_use_background_image":false,"default_profile":false,"default_profile_image":false,"following":true,"follow_request_sent":false,"notifications":false},"geo":null,"coordinates":null,"place":null,"contributors":null,"retweet_count":0,"favorite_count":0,"favorited":false,"retweeted":false,"possibly_sensitive":false,"lang":"en"}],"search_metadata":{"completed_in":0.012,"max_id":554983754826260480,"max_id_str":"554983754826260480","query":"from%253Aknexus","refresh_url":"?since_id=554983754826260480&q=from%253Aknexus","count":15,"since_id":0,"since_id_str":"0"}}


The public search API is not guaranteed to return all of the same results as on the web client - it is limited to around 7 days of more real-time information.

it’s important to know that the Search API is focused on relevance and not completeness. This means that some Tweets and users may be missing from search results.


Thanks. But only 1 tweet ? somtimes even 0 results ? That is bit extreme ? Is there any solution to this or any other alternative ?


If there were no tweets with a certain term within that time period, then it is valid to get 0 results.

For a more comprehensive set of results, you could look at the Gnip products which cover the entire historical index.


I am facing the same issue, and i cannot found what i need from the response json data. I am trying to search news about ‘India’, here is the web search link “”.
Can get the list on twitter web search, but the api always give me the response that useless to me. Does anyone know how to get those links ?