Twitter Trends API
Many common research use-cases would be greatly facilitated by an API that could return summary level information. For instance, for any subset of tweets based on a particular query term(s) and period:
hourly/daily/weekly counts of matching tweets
histogram data of top hashtags / handles referenced / links shared
proportion of retweets / replies / first posts
proportion of dataset generated by top n contributors
These would be very valuable from a purely research perspective, but presumably they present considerable challenges for implementation. But a methodology similar to Google Trends might be possible.
Zeynep Pehlivan 🧿 commented
It can be called "Stats API" and can also be used to measure the completeness of our datasets and their representativities for a research purpose.