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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. Require Statement of Ethics from Academics

    Academic researchers should have to submit a statement of ethics declaring their work with Twitter data will not be harmful to oppressed and marginalized people, who are disproportionately harmed by unethical data research practices. Twitter should also make the statements available to the wider community so other folks can learn from them or get ideas for modeling their own statements.

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    acknowledged  ·  1 comment  ·  General features  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  2. Twitter Archive Download

    At the moment there appear to be two archive downloads. One from the Account page and another from the Your Twitter Data page. The first comes as a zip file with a nice index.html viewer. The second includes a lot more data but lacks a viewer. It would be useful if these options were combined into a single archive download that contains a usable viewer for the complete data.

    This is important for archives that would like to accept snapshots of user's social media content for preservation and research.

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    acknowledged  ·  2 comments  ·  General features  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  3. 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…

    21 votes
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  4. A more transparent application process, with the option for appeal

    Currently, the Twitter Developer application process can result in an application being rejected without explanation, with no option for appeal or reapplication from the same Twitter account. Being more transparent about the reasons for rejection, as well as allowing people to appeal or reapply, is likely to lead to more clarity on the actual rules of the Twitter Developer application process as well as healthier community engagement.

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  5. 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…

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