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I'm wondering how "real-time" are the results from http://search.twitter.com/search.atom?q= as I can't find any clear indication on that from Twitter.

I mean, is there a guaranteed lag time?

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I get hours of delays from recent tweets using the search API

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I have one application which queries the public timeline given a GPS coordinate pair, and a radius in km or miles depending on where the user is from. The results I get back are often < 1 second for items just added (i.e., with a big radius so we get more fresh results). But there is no guarantee, they could be old as sin.

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  • are you using search.twitter.com for that? – guytom Sep 11 '10 at 6:38
  • Yes.<11+ characters to make SO happy> – jer Sep 11 '10 at 7:33
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