How long will it take to get the data?



Unfortunately, the Sifter service and website has been decommissioned as of September 30, 2018. Thanks to our 6,970 users who created 16,128 free estimates from the complete, undeleted history of Twitter between 1/14/2014 and 9/29/2018.

Please contact Twitter for approval of future academic or commercial use cases. If you can get an approved use case from Twitter, we can still help you work with the data inside DiscoverText.

@DiscoverText remains open and is still the top-ranked text analysis platform on the Internet.

All paid jobs prior to the decommissioning will still be honored.


How soon can I get access to the data (e.g., tweets)?

We can usually get the data from Twitter, via Gnip's historical PowerTrack, into your DiscoverText account within 24-36 hours from the time you make a purchase. It is often much quicker and occasionally a little slower, depending on how busy we are and the number of historical days in the estimate.

When the data is ready (downloaded from Gnip, uploaded to DiscoverText, and fully indexed in DiscoverText) we will send you an email notification with the name of the project in your DiscoverText account. 

While you are waiting for the data, you will want to set up a DiscoverText account (if you don't already have one) to design, test, and refine your analytical models in DiscoverText using the free, real-time Twitter Search API data. You may also benefit from experiments with the Twitter advanced search. That way, when the historical Twitter data is ready, you can fully use all Five Pillars of Text Analytics, thereby accelerating your research.

If you have not already done so, please create a free trial account on DiscoverText:

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Please email if you have any questions and be sure to refer to other FAQs about Sifter & FAQs about DiscoverText.

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