Gnip’s Full-Archive Search API Exposes All Public Tweets

Thanks to the social data revolution, we are awash in unprecedented amounts of publicly shared personal data. Personal data that can be mined, analyzed, and used to influence decisions and predict anything from marketing campaigns to election campaigns. Enter Gnip, the social data company making big waves in social data access.
Gnip, the first authorized reseller of Twitter data, was acquired last year by Twitter. Gnip’s recent release of the Full-Archive Search API builds upon its 30-Day replay to provide customers with a solution that provides instant historical Twitter data all the way back to the social media platform’s inception in 2006.
The Full-Archive Search API is a RESTful API that supports one query per request. Queries are written with Gnip’s PowerTrack rule syntax; users specify any time period (back to the beginning of Twitter), and the Full-Archive Search API returns up to 500 results.
Gnip’s historical Twitter data offerings stem from its work with Twitter and the Library of Congress. In April of 2010, it was announced that Gnip, in partnership with Twitter, would deliver Twitter’s public conversational data — past, present, and future — to the Library of Congress for preservation. That’s right: Gnip is so good at what it does that the Library of Congress relies upon it to assist in creating a Twitter legacy for future generations.
Gnip was the first purveyor of this sort of comprehensive historical social data but it certainly won’t be the last. Social data provides the ability to forecast more than just market fluctuations; researchers are using social data to predict trends in employment, political opinions, and disease outbreaks in a way that is faster and cheaper than standard reporting techniques and polls. It’ll be fun to watch how the social data space evolves.

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