Import Twitter data from Gnip PowerTrack


Unfortunately, our access to Premium real time and historical Twitter data ended 9/29/2018. Please contact Twitter for approval of future academic or commercial use cases. If you can get an approved premium or historical Twitter use case, 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. You can use your own Twitter credentials to sample Twitter data via DiscoverText using the Twitter Search API.

You can easily capture live Twitter feeds from Gnip using the PowerTrack filters. There is a particular syntax for each rule type, so please review the samples Twitter provides for each one you intend to use. The proper structure of the ALL CAPS Boolean operators as well as the maximum length of the rule (2,048 characters) are other important factors to consider.

  1. Create a project or open an existing one from the Project list in the Navigation Sidebar.
  2. In the Project Options section, click Import Data.
  3. In the Twitter section, click PowerTrack.
  4. The service requires "credits" to operate. We provide 500 Tweet credits during the free trial. Gnip credits are $3/10,000.
  5. Create an archive or select an existing archive, and then click Continue.
  6. In the Fetch Rule field, type a valid PowerTrack 2.0 rule, and then click Create Rule.

Data starts flowing in after a lag of up to 15 minutes, though often sooner, and each subsequent fetch only pulls new data.

On the Archive Management page, click the archive name to see the Archive Details page, or click the number of units to review the data in the list or item view.


The new Twitter PowerTrack syntax uses different operators in some cases. For example: 
place_country:      replaces the version 1.0      country_code     operator
For more information, please review the PowerTrack documentation from Twitter.


We do not currently subscribe to the Gnip "profile" keywords (such as profile_country, profile_region, and profile_geo). Attempting to use them will return an error. 

Other Useful Documentation Links

Standard operators

Premium operators

Guide to using premium operators

Filter realtime tweets



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