Twitter Opens The Firehose

Yesterday Twitter published a blog post, Enabling A Rush of Innovation, announcing further partnerships with vendors who will have access to their data:

Today, we’re happily turning the Firehose on for some new partners focused mainly on exploring the incredibly rich field of real-time search and discovery. We are thrilled to announce that Ellerdale, Collecta, Kosmix, Scoopler, twazzup, CrowdEye, and Chainn Search join us as partners. These companies range from funded startups to part-time, one-person operations so we came up with a fair way to license access that scales with their business.

This is important because it means that as well as allowing a wider access to user data, it means that these companies will be able to apply it to their offering and potentially develop new uses for the data stream that we’ve not yet seen.

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