Twitter licenses two research companies to sell user data

1 March 2012:  Two research companies are set to release Twitter user information to clients who will pay for the opportunity to mine the data.  Boulder, Colorado-based Gnip Inc and DataSift Inc, based in the U.K. and San Francisco, are licensed by Twitter to analyse archived tweets and basic information about users, like geographic location.  DataSift announced this week that it will release Twitter data in packages that will encompass the last two years of activity for its customers to mine, while Gnip can go back only 30 days.

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