Can I buy (purchase) Twitter data (tweets)?



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.


You cannot "buy" Tweets. Technically, when you pay Texifter a fee for using data generated via Sifter, we license the specific data from Twitter. You are not "purchasing" data from Twitter or Texifter. You are accessing it through a collaborative, text analytics platform, DiscoverText, under a use case approved by Twitter. 

PLEASE NOTE: Twitter retains ownership and Texifter is a compliant licensee. Many users routinely ask us to defy the rules; we do not. Downloads of Twitter data are governed by the Twitter Terms of Service. Twitter intends for your analytics to be performed while the data are stored in DiscoverText.

You use a Twitter-approved software product (Sifter) and Texifter licenses the Tweets on your behalf (for a fee) to display them in DiscoverText.

You cannot own Tweets; only Twitter can. Texifter is the licensee. You are a user of our Twitter-approved text analytics platform.

You cannot look at or report on the content of deleted Tweets.

If you download Tweets, you cannot store them forever.

Although some users seem quick to download the data off of DiscoverText, this is usually not in your best interests. Instead, try to make most of DiscoverText, which is the best tool on the market for this work. 

Once you download the data it is degraded, disconnected from its life online, removed from its context, deprived of images, and suffers from the important deficiency of being immediately a potential violation of the Twitter Terms of Service if just one of the Tweets is deleted after you download it and you look at it or use it in research.

We make none of these rules, but we try hard to help people understand them.



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