Track a retweet path with API v1.1?


I am wondering if it is possible to build the retweet path through users with the API v1.1?

To make myself clear, assume the following: user 1 is followed by user 2 which is in turn followed by user 3. User 3 also follows user 1 (e.g. 1 <- 2 <- 3 and 1<-3).

Now, user 1 writes a tweet.
User 2 sees the tweet on his timeline and retweets it.
User 3 does not see it on user 1’s timeline.
User 3 does see the tweet on user 2’s timeline and retweets it as well.

So the path for the tweet is 1->2->3 instead of 1->3 and 1->2. Is it possible to retrieve the paths of users over which retweets took place?

Thanks for your help.



No, it’s not possible to trace this path. A retweet is only tied to the tweet it is retweeting, not any of the retweets that may have influenced its act of retweeting. Any analysis in this area would be fuzzy at best.