When I query a hashtag, am I seeing the newest tweets, or a random sampling?

Sep 12, 2014 at 7:12 PM

I have a question about how tweets are collected when I specify a hashtag using "import from Twitter search network" and select a limit that is clearly less than the number of tweets that exist for that hashtag. For instance, if I set the limit to 500, but do not specify a date range or use any other operators in my search, am I then seeing results based on the 500 most recent tweets for that hashtag, or a random sampling?

Thanks very much for your help,

Sep 14, 2014 at 4:33 PM

Thank you for your interest in the NodeXL project!

The Twitter search API delivers a subset of the most recent tweets.

It will not deliver more than 18,000 tweets or any tweet older than 7 days.

Twitter may reduce the number of tweets it delivers based on many factors, including the total volume of tweets on the topic: the more active the stream, the fewer the tweets.

For details, see: https://dev.twitter.com/rest/public/rate-limiting