Count number of results for a particular word on Twitter


To further a personal project of mine, I have been pondering how to count the number of results for a user specified word on Twitter. I have used their API extensively, but have not been able to come up with an efficient or even halfway practical way to count the occurrences of a particular word. The actual results are not critical, just the overall count. I'll keep scratching my head. Any ideas or direction pointing would be most appreciated.


Best Solution

I'm able to go back about a week. I start my search with the parameters that Adam posted and then key off of the smallest id in the set of search results, like so, where max_id = the min(id) of the 100 results I just pulled.