Get Reply Count on Twitter Tweet

I'm not finding a good solution for this, but I'm trying to figure out how to return the number of replies a single tweet has.

I see it was possible on the older API  as per - http://blog.fgribreau.com/2012/01/twitter-unofficial-api-getting-tweets.html - this has since been turned off.

Is there a way to do this in 1.1?  Surely has to be.
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Steve BinkCommented:
Short answer: no.  

Long answer: yes, but it would be a painful process, and would not necessarily guarantee an accurate count of replies.  I've looked through the API documentation, the search documentation, and a few others.  The only reference I found to replies was in the context of a tweet object - a property indicating the current tweet object is a reply to another tweet object.

In theory, you could query the Stream API and search for all status ID's greater than your target, then filter those results for in_reply_to_status_id=<target_status_id>.  In reality, you would likely blow your API rate limit pretty quickly, not to mention the processing time necessary to identify all replies.  That assume Twitter's API even bother returning the full result set, since they clearly state they don't guarantee completeness of any search.

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Nathan RileyFounderAuthor Commented:
Ah, ok, well thanks for the reply.  It's unfortunate as it seems like a very simple count dataset that many could use.
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