In the current search API, the only form of engagement for which scholars currently get accurate metadata is RTs. There is no metadata field for Replies and the field for Likes does not return the number of times a tweet has been liked by other users. This information would be very valuable for academics, especially considering that the use of the "Like" button by users has increased substantially.22 votes
You might be interested in one of our roadmap items: an API to access Tweet engagement & impression metrics.
More detail in our roadmap: https://trello.com/b/myf7rKwV/twitter-developer-platform-roadmap
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