DataSift Turns Back Clock On Twitter

Social data processing specialist launches searchable archive of tweets going back to January 2010.

Social media architects have been so busy creating the future that they've often given short shrift to the past.

The perishable nature of the status post may have started to change on Facebook, with its new Timeline profiles, but history is still hard to come by on Twitter, where search results typically don't reach back more than days or weeks. Individual users may value Twitter precisely for how well it lives in the moment, but researchers seeking to analyze changing attitudes and trends often need to look backward in order to tell what has changed.

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