Twitter today announced that it is launching a new offering that will give developers access to the full Twitter archive which contains all tweets going back to the first one posted by Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey in 2006.
Previously, full archive access was limited to Twitter's enterprise customers. Non-enterprise customers could use Twitter's standard API to retrieve tweets from the past seven days or Twitter's premium Search Tweets API to access an archive containing tweets from the past 30 days.
The new offering, which is called Search Tweets: Full Archive, allows developers to search for tweets from any time and retrieve up to 500 of them per request with a rate limit of 10 requests per second or 60 requests per minute. For certain kinds of applications, such as sentiment analysis, having more than 30 days of data could prove very useful.
The cost of using Search Tweets: Full Archive starts at $99.00 for 100 requests. To help developers get started, Twitter is offering a sandbox that allows them to issue up to 50 requests free of charge.
According to TechCrunch, developers already using Twitter's existing premium API can immediately access the new offering. Developers who are interested in accessing it but aren't existing premium API customers must submit a request to Twitter.