Delete Twitter data, or pay $42K/month


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Staff Member
Jan 8, 2011
Academics have been told to delete Twitter data used for research purposes, unless they sign up for API access costing $42,000 per month …

Academic researchers have long used Twitter feeds to analyze things like the spread of misinformation and hate speech, and the effects of that on the offline world.

To facilitate this, Twitter provided an API (application programming interface) called the Decahose. This provided a bulk data feed representing a random 10% of all Twitter posts each day. Access to this was either free, or cost as little as $200 per month.

Last month, however, Twitter decided that it was going to revoke access to all its APIs unless users paid fees ranging from $100/month to $42K/month. The first impact of this was to break all third-party Twitter apps, like Tweetbot and Twitterific. A more serious impact was to break emergency alerts systems.

Twitter then told universities and colleges that they would lose access to the Decahose unless they paid, which would require an “enterprise level” API subscription, at $42K/month. This is completely unaffordable for researchers.


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Top Poster
Mar 9, 2014
The news isn't about that but about charging for gathering data for analysis.

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