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Also, if you try to do web scraping of the Twitter historical search
infrastructure they recently set up, you get blacklisted.


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Alexander Leavitt
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USC Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism
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On Wed, Jan 28, 2015 at 11:54 AM, Douglas Hagar <
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> Hi everyone,
>
>  Consistent with what Alex said, the Twitter API does not allow access to
> historical tweets, unfortunately. I verified with a contact at Twitter who
> said that they currently have no plans in the "foreseeable future" to allow
> access to the complete historical tweets via their API.
>
>  The only option now is that you can search through historical tweets
> using Twitter search (which may not be very helpful in most cases) or by
> purchasing tweets through a re-seller like GNIP for a fee.
>
>  Using Twitter search might work if you have the time and resources
> available for a manual content analysis and don't need to collect all of
> the other meta-data.
>
>  Regards,
>
>  Douglas Hagar
> PhD candidate, Dept of Political Science, Carleton University
>
> Sent from my iPhone
>
> On Jan 28, 2015, at 2:44 PM, Alexander Semenov <[log in to unmask]>
> wrote:
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> Hi, all.
>
>  The Twitter API now has a date filter, allowing historic searches and
>> thus cutting out the need for GNIP.
>
>
>  We tried it immediately after they announced that and it didn't work
> through API. So it affected only the search from Twitter's web page.
>
>  Moreover it would be really strange if it worked, because access to
> Twitter historical data costs really a lot and after Twitter's acquisition
> of GNIP I don't see any point for them to waste that sums of money, making
> such valuable information free.
>
>  However it was couple of months ago and maybe something changed since
> that time, but I would be really surprised if historical searches worked
> through API now for long periods of time back.
>
>  Best,
> Alex.
>
>   (Social | Network | Data) Analyst
>
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> 2015-01-28 22:33 GMT+03:00 Bruce Cronin <[log in to unmask]>:
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>> The Twitter API now has a date filter, allowing historic searches and
>> thus cutting out the need for GNIP.
>>
>> Bruce
>>
>> > On 28 Jan 2015, at 19:08, "Moses Boudourides" <
>> [log in to unmask]> wrote:
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>> > Hello,
>> >
>> > Have you ever heard whether there exists a public global Twitter
>> database?
>> >
>> > Of course, I'm familiar with the Twitter api an using it to mine
>> > synchronous tweets. As a matter of fact we've just collected around 4
>> > M tweets related to the recent Greek elections and you may want to see
>> > a few first plots of the harvested time-series here:
>> >
>> > https://www.flickr.com/photos/21265897@N07/sets/72157650089159389/
>> >
>> > However, my concern is whether one may have access to past time tweets
>> > which were gathered together in any existing public global Twitter
>> > databases.
>> >
>> > Best,
>> >
>> > --Moses
>> >
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