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Twitter for Academic Research

As we plan for the future of our developer platform we want to learn more from our academic community. What tools and resources would make it easier for you to conduct research with Twitter data, and what should we consider building?

  1. See what other ideas have been submitted and vote for ideas you like.
  2. If you have an idea that isn't already listed, create a new post.
  3. Include only one idea per post.

To start, we have added in a few ideas that have been suggested by developers in the past. Please vote or comment on those, if they reflect your own vision.

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  1. crear api

    No puedo tener una api y la necesito para hacer una PoC para la empresa, se esta usando para hacer análisis de sentimientos

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  2. covid-19 related datasets of tweets

    Given the current need for data around covid-19 would you consider making relevant datasets containing tweet contents available now, possibly with some relaxed redistribution terms. There is a previous idea for datasets in general but right now there is a need for this data. Several groups are publishing different ID datasets but then anyone wanting it is having to pull down 70-300M matching tweets, that's going to be a load on your APIs and is slowing down access. I put a related topic up on the dev forums https://twittercommunity.com/t/covid-19-related-dataset-availability/136030

    4 votes
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  3. Allow API access to tweets from suspended accounts

    For research focused on still-existing troll farms, it's critical to have access to tweets of accounts Twitter already suspended.

    As troll farms:
    1) are highly skillful in pushing legit users to breaking Twitter rules (and therefore to become suspended)
    2) frequently experience suspension of their own accounts
    3) when creating new accounts, tend to refer to their previous accounts to easier regain followership

    Currently, conversations with heavy involvement of troll farm accounts look like this:
    https://twitter.com/pj1m6y2z1fmwdn7/status/1151811700557045761

    This Tweet is from a suspended account. Learn more
    This Tweet is from a suspended account. Learn more
    (single live tweet)
    This Tweet is…

    4 votes
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  4. We need an API to validate our bot/troll detection techniques.

    What I would like is the ability to use an API to alert Twitter to the presence of malicious actors interfering in elections. Ideally, it would be process whereby we crowd source and gamify the detection pieces, with Twitter's decision to suspend (or not) as the ultimate validation determining who is best at the game.

    Recently, I sent 500 Canadian election Twitter IDs our model saw as bots/automated to a third party scholar: Kurt Wirth <kurtawirth@gmail.com>. I asked him if I could share his response to what I sent, he said yes. His response is below:

    ---------- Forwarded…

    5 votes
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  5. EU- VAT Invoices

    As a student doing research at an EU University and I need to have VAT invoices to be reimbursed. Can VAT invoices be added as an option for premium billing?

    2 votes
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  6. Include citation score and impact factor for research papers tweeted and let governing bodies of academic research acknowledge the same

    Let researchers publish their paper via twitter editorial board. Hope it will be sooner than the existing lazy editorial boards of journal biggies.

    Give impact factor citation scores. Let the agencies that govern the academic policies involve twitter citations in their agenda.

    1 vote
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  7. Twitter's Platform and Policy Change Log

    Knowing when the User Interface (ie Feature Addition/removal), Policy adjustments (curation, etc), interaction options (SMS, Web, App etc) and other events (ie mass bot removal) occur with the platform doing any type of analysis can be affected if they intersect with an analysis. Having access to a log of when these changes roll out and are implemented would help with narrowing down possible affect on our research.

    4 votes
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  8. Twitter "data library"

    Idea: The content of the Twitter "data library” to provide data about topics in high demand among researchers and enables to assess a variety of subtopics.

    Example: I’m studying about tweets of an election to understand the population and presidential candidate sentiment on green card and public assistance. My first stab API query would be “election”, “green card”, and “welfare”. The larger topic here would be the US Presidential Election. Instead of posting the specific API request, the Twitter "data library” (hypothetically) would already have a substantially sized dataset of all the tweets related to the US Presidential Election.

    Even…

    5 votes
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  9. GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) compliante stream

    Doing research in europe is becoming harder, and GDPR add some difficult on exploiting data. I would like to know if data that we can get with the Stream API can be Anonymized.

    4 votes
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  10. transparency uk

    Ad Transparency API extended to the UK. The UK is currently in the grip of political populist turmoil that seeks to dismantle key pillars of our liberal parliamentary Democracy. A General Election is imminent in the Autumn of 2019. We need to have access to Political Ad data via API so we can track spending across Social Media Platforms and hold the creatives of these Ads to account.

    8 votes
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  11. Nominate non-profit intermediaries for Firehose and other complete data APIs

    Take part in Social Science One (https://socialscience.one/ ) and/or work with other non-profit intermediaries such as academic libraries and data providers (for example GESIS in Germany) for Firehose access or access to the complete follow network or other large scale data. They have the most experience when it comes to researchers' needs and can act as a trustworthy partner when it comes to protecting user privacy and the like.

    17 votes
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  12. Twitter-curated topics

    This falls as a more-involved way for Twitter as a cooperation to support academic research on its platform (rather than just extending API limits for .edu emails etc..) but one avenue for very supportive, engaged involvement would be curation and publication of topics.

    That is to say, imagine Twitter itself publishes corpora of tweet IDs corresponding to major events like natural disasters, political events, etc... This creates a streamlined way for those studying the social dynamics surrounding major events to implement real-time study of ongoing events, and broaden the scope of existing analyses.

    Currently, the study of past events relies…

    5 votes
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  13. Twitter Fellowship Program

    In order to increase the engagement of Twitter with academic community, a fellowship program could be a valuable strategy. Basically what a I propose is that Twitter can have a program in which invites researches and academics to submit project ideas using the Twitter Data. Twitter will be then select the best ones to provide support (giving exclusive data access, internships, scholarships for PhD students, etc) in the areas required by the project. This of course can be (please!!!) a parallel initiative to the expansion of access for academic purposes. This is not a new idea. Facebook already have something…

    20 votes
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  14. Build a replication database for Twitter studies

    Build infrastructure for researchers to store their data collection and analysis code to allow better replication of existing studies. So a database with "here's the published paper" and "here's the code we used for data collection and analysis".

    Firs,t this would serve as a place for documentation and help on many methodological choices. Second, it might encourage large-scale replication studies, exploring how solid are some results emerging from Twitter data.

    10 votes
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  15. Bring back the Streaming APIs

    Streaming was a VERY good+easy way to get low key sampling data, without digging into heavy duty "last x million tweets" data dumps. A couple of lines of code (ie minimum wasted researcher time) and you could start collecting/analysing data.

    It is very much missed.

    Not to mention, of course, the damage removing streaming has done to the general Twitter ecosystem: http://apps-of-a-feather.com/

    4 votes
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  16. Twitter Engagement

    Currently, the Twitter API allows one to capture data on the number of likes, retweets, and replies for each tweet. However, this does not represent total engagement as it is missing data such as link clicks, profile clicks, detail expands, etc.

    In order for researchers to understand what tweets gain most engagement, it is crucial to get the 'Total Engagement' data and impressions data for each tweet. This will help researchers understand specifically what type of content gets the highest engagement and accordingly tailor health messages.

    14 votes
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  17. Location Data

    A lot of researchers in the health field utilize location data to understand trends within a defined area. This is important when studying twitter data in relation to epidemics. However, it seems currently it's not possible to access geo-location data thus hindering this process.

    Kindly add geo-location data to the Twitter API

    16 votes
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  18. Make license terms for academic powertrack historical jobs indefinite (or very long)

    I am currently in the process of buying a historical powertrack job and while a pricing system that is a bit more in line with the budget academics usually have available would be nice, the more critical problem is that the data is licensed for one year. This is completely infeasible for academic purposes simply since project work usually takes multiple years, journal revisions (that may require further analyses) often take months to years, and many organizations mandate that data is stored for 10+ years for replication purposes. Just allowing academic organizations to work with a data set they have…

    4 votes
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  19. Consider Different Automated Account Regulation for Academics Running Studies with Bost

    Bot-based research is an important frontier in several different academic fields, but post requests are often censored or accounts associated with such posts are often suspended-- even if they do not seem to violate Twitter's automated account policies. Perhaps there could be a mechanism where academics could petition twitter not to censor bots that are being used for academic research (assuming, very importantly, that they have been carefully vetted by IRB and/or ethics officers within Twitter)?

    4 votes
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  20. Twitter Trends API

    Many common research use-cases would be greatly facilitated by an API that could return summary level information. For instance, for any subset of tweets based on a particular query term(s) and period:


    • hourly/daily/weekly counts of matching tweets


    • histogram data of top hashtags / handles referenced / links shared


    • proportion of retweets / replies / first posts


    • proportion of dataset generated by top n contributors


    These would be very valuable from a purely research perspective, but presumably they present considerable challenges for implementation. But a methodology similar to Google Trends might be possible.

    9 votes
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