I’v seen a similar topic just before, so I wanted to bring this back up. The Users endpoint currently offers us the option to get the view_count, but not the followers.
If you have a big amount of streamers in your community, platform or product we do run into issues from rate limiting as developers.
The Users Follows only allows us to provide one from_id or to_id per request, but not a list of id’s as the other endpoints do.
So I wanted to ask if it is possible to either:
1.) Include from_followers and to_followers total amount into the Users endpoint
2.) Make the Users Follows endpoints available to be requested via a list of ids at from_id or to_id
I just want to preface this with I don’t work for Twitch, this is based my experience with the Helix API, and my own opinions.
There was some discussion about where to put the follower count over in the TwitchDev server on the desktop app not long ago. It discussed including the total in the
/users endpoint response or int the
user/folows endpoint response.
The result, or at least what I got from it, was that they wanted to keep the
total in the
/users/follows response because it can reflect a few different things: how many followers a channel has, how many channels a user is following, or whether or not a user is following another user.
One issue I see with being able to include multiple
user_id's is that the current response structure doesn’t currently accommodate that, and it would result in a major change in how the endpoint returns data. This is largely due the endpoint being designed around getting follow information about one user or the relationship between two users. There were a couple endpoints in the Kraken API that had different response structures based on your inputs, but I believe one design philosophy with Helix was to make a more uniform and consistent response structure regardless of inputs for a given endpoint.
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