# Why does SocialMediaData return such a small FollowerNetwork?

I have hooked up my Twitter account to Mathematica and I have 1468 followers

myfollowers = Length[SocialMediaData["Twitter", "Followers"]]

1468


I wondered what my follower network would look like but the returned graph was far too simple looking:

a = SocialMediaData["Twitter", "FollowerNetwork"]


The graph only has 32 vertices:

VertexCount[a]


Looking at the names of the Twitter users it has included, it seems that it has only considered the most recent people who have followed me.

So, how do I get Mathematica to consider all of my followers?

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Unrelated to your question, but could you check if you can access another account's public follower list if you authorize the app? – R. M. Dec 1 '12 at 14:05
Yes I can. Interestingly, this is limited too. For example hugelist = SocialMediaData[{"Twitter", "stephenfry"}, "Friends"] returns a list that is only 5000 followers long. However, Mr Stephen Fry has over 5,000,000 followers! Limitations on the Twitter API perhaps? – WalkingRandomly Dec 1 '12 at 14:52
I don't know if this is the answer or not but, when applying SocialMediaData to Facebook, a similar thing happens, i.e. the vertex count of my Friends Network is strictly smaller than my number of Friends. In that context, I believe the reason has to do with my friends privacy settings which doesn't necessarily allow me to friends' friends. – Mark McClure Dec 1 '12 at 17:46
Sounds reasonable for Facebook. Not so for Twitter. Only a tiny fraction of my followers would have a locked account. – WalkingRandomly Dec 1 '12 at 17:56

To honor Twitter rate limits, "FollowerNetwork" property gives a subgraph of the follower network.

With[{followers = SocialMediaData["Twitter", "Followers"],

@WalkingRandomly Maybe what hangs is the graphical output? 1468 is a a lot to plot. Can you try g = ... ; to suppress graphical output. And then see if you can work with properties like EdgeList[g]//Length - which i bet is a huge number. BTW - great blog you have - I enjoy reading it. – Vitaliy Kaurov Dec 2 '12 at 0:59