This excites me – Twitter is lifting the cap on retweet_count in their API.

Presently, once a tweet reaches 101 retweets, the API returns “100+”.

This is a problem for programmers as “100+” is a string, not an integer.

I found the cap an annoyance as I could not determine the actual number of retweets for one of my tweets back in November which broke the 100+ barrier.

I’m excited by this change as I’ve applied to a couple of news organisations recently for digital roles. Retweets, especially by private accounts, is a valuable measure of tweet headline effectiveness and story popularity for myself. Just as importantly, it gives me an exact measurement to provide to decision makers in the organisation.

Now to think of a good tweet before January 31st.