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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?

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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. 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.

    15 votes

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    1 comment  ·  Additional data types  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    Thanks for your feedback.

    We are currently developing more simple and scalable ways for developers to get back impression and engagement data on their owned content. Check out this space for more information soon.

    More detail is included in our Developer Platform Roadmap: https://trello.com/b/myf7rKwV/twitter-developer-platform-roadmap

    Note that while this work is planned, the engagement solution we are working on may not be immediately viable for research use cases.

  2. Add an API to retrieve Tweet threads

    I request the Twitter to allow access to all the replies of a tweet (all the conversations of a thread). It would be very useful for academics working in user behavior analysis, argumentation mining, hate speech detection because comment or reply reflects the actual thought process of a replying user.

    57 votes

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  3. New endpoint for detecting whether tweets are still live

    If you have a large collection of tweets it can be unwieldy to use the API to detect which tweets have been deleted - beyond complying with Twitter's own terms of service this is also necessary to respect a users agency over their own content. When a tweet or tweets are no longer available can also have an impact on what and how the results of academic research can be reported.

    When sharing a dataset of tweet ids, you can also spend a lot of time trying to hydrate tweets that have mostly been deleted.

    It would significantly simplify this…

    20 votes

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