Who Can See Whose Conversations In-stream on Twitter?

A week or so ago, I posted a quick hack using the Google Social graph API showing how to generate a list Common Friends or Followers on Twitter, so that you could look up which folk would see, in their Twitter timeline, a conversation between two other people on Twitter. (A hosted version of the service is now available here.)

At the time I also generalised the code so that you could look up the extent to which any party could see the conversations between two other parties on twitter, in stream. This is another single page web app and it can be found hre: Twitter in-stream eavesdrop.

It looks like this:


Very simple, very quick… there is nothing more to it than what you find if you View Source… (In fact, there’s more than you need if you View Source – there is also a Google Analytics tracking code in there…)

Author: Tony Hirst

I'm a Senior Lecturer at The Open University, with an interest in #opendata policy and practice, as well as general web tinkering...

4 thoughts on “Who Can See Whose Conversations In-stream on Twitter?”

  1. It was only very recently (in fact it was ‘a week or so ago’ ;) that I learned that to see a @reply made by someone who you follow to another person you also have to be following them. This appears to exclude @mentioning someone in a tweet.

    I wonder if it is me just being thick or if there is a general misunderstanding.

    Anyway its a great code snippet and one I’m sure I’ll be using


  2. The gentle thud you would have heard echoing down the Pennines and across the Solent is the sound of my hand slapping my forehead.

    Good job I haven’t written over 100 blog posts mentioning twitter or I would look really stupid.

    I’m off now to buy Twitter for Dummies. Hopefully by the new year I’ll be up to speed on all this twitter malarkey.


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