Why am I unable to find very old (historical) Twitter tweets?

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I am attempting to find old (historical) Twitter tweets but Sifter either doesn’t find any or gives an error message. I also cannot find older tweets when using the geo: rule. Why?

The very first Twitter tweet was on March 21, 2006, therefore the start date for any Sifter query must be 03/21/2006 or later. An attempt to enter a start date prior to 03/21/2006 is invalid and will result in an error.

Twitter’s geo: rule enhancements first became available on 08/01/2013. An attempt to enter a start date before 08/01/2006 will likely not return any data for the time period before then.

These documents about older metadata and historical Twitter data may also be useful.

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