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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?

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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. Timestamps!

    Measuring change over time is a fundamental research design. Having timestamped data on follows (A follows B at t) and likes (A likes X at t) would be immensely valuable alongside existing timestamped data on tweets and retweets.

    2 votes

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  2. 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

    24 votes

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  3. Give access to the search query log

    Important data to understand user intentions and information needs.

    22 votes

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  4. 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.

    16 votes

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    planned  ·  Aurelia Specker responded

    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.

  5. Offer a limited number of free survey invitations

    Twitter has a useful survey feature that users can pay for to invite users to complete surveys. It would be very helpful if Twitter could offer a limited number of free survey invitations to academics. Academics could apply by preparing the survey and specifying the kinds of samples they would like to invite, as well as outlining the rationale for the study.

    9 votes

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  6. 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…

    6 votes

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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.

    5 votes

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