Twitter recently announced that the indexed data at https://twitter.com/search-advanced would stretch all the way back to the dawn of Twitter’s timeline “between Dec. 30, 2006 and Jan. 2, 2007.” This is an impressive feat representing a massive capability upgrade. This new service lets users glimpse into any day or days in Twitter history to display the Tweets responsive to simple keyword or exact phrase queries using basic language filters. There are also intuitive filters for filtering by user accounts and places. The result is a seemingly limitless cascade of Tweets in the familiar Twitter display mode. We think this is a powerful new tool that should be used in conjunction with our Sifter historical Twitter data tool to test out keywords and phrases that may be used when creating free estimates to license Twitter data. For more information, watch our video on using Gnip PowerTrack filters then contact us about how to us Twitter’s complete index to improve the quality and performance of your historical Twitter research.
We are making continual improvements to the sifter beta. Our goal is to develop the best possible user interface for Gnip’s PowerTrack filters when searching for historical Twitter data. Version 2 of the historical Twitter filtering system reflects a lot of great input from our early adopters. The work is far from done. This video introduces v2. What we need is your input. How can we make this tool for searching every undeleted tweet in history easier to use?
We have been delighted with the response to our call for beta testers to try the GNIP-enabled PowerTrack for Twitter. You can still sign up. Round 1 of the beta test concludes on October 31, 2011. Even just testing the system’s data filtering and collecting capabilitiesfor 1 or 2 days, or as few as 1-2 hours, may convert you to a devoted GNIP via DiscoverText user. As part of taking beta tester applications, we asked folks to tell us something about how they planned to use the beta test opportunity. Thanks to ” Wordle” we can visualize an answer to the question: “Why do people want to take part in the GNIP beta test via DiscoverText?”