If you’re a Twitter user, the micro-blogging service will let you download your entire tweet history. But if you’re a business that wants data about tweets across the network, you could only access messages from the last 30 days. Until now.
Twitter’s new Full-Archive Search API will let customers of social-tracking service Gnip peruse all of Twitter’s public tweets, going back nine years.
“The Full-Archive Search API will now allow Gnip customers to immediately search for any historical public tweetever,” data products manager Adam Tornes wrote in a blog post. “By pairing instant accessibility with the full archive of historical tweets, we’ve created a new premium solution for our ecosystem of partners to deliver historical social data to their own clients.”
For instance, a company could analyze nine years of previous launch conversations ahead of a new product debut, provide historical tweet insights to new analytics customers, or explore Twitter activity when responding to customer service inquiries.
“This is a big step forward in the journey of deriving useful insights and intelligence from social data,” Giles Palmer, CEO of private beta partner Brandwatch, said in a statement. “The dream of mining this data for real-time, in-depth, unbiased insights on a global scale is getting even closer.”
Joining Brandwatch are Sprout Social, SocialBro, Pulsar, NetBase, Livefyre, and NUVI, which worked with Twitter in the early stages of this project.
“Instant and complete access to historical Twitter data has been the missing piece to our social media suite and we couldn’t be more excited to add it to our platform,” NUVI CEO Keith Nellesen said. “The ability to look back in time and draw insights from conversations that took place months, even years ago is game-changing.”
Gnip (pronounced guh-nip) launched in 2008, and served as the first official data partner for Twitter, Tumblr, Foursquare, WordPress, Google+, Facebook, and YouTube.
Twitter extended its four-year partnership in April 2014, when it bought Gnip for an undisclosed amount. The move, Twitter said at the time, was an attempt to “offer more sophisticated data sets and better enrichments” for developers and businesses.