Is it time to delete your old Tweets? Market researchers salivate at opening of Twitter Firehose

Graham Cluley
@gcluley

Did you think Twitter was just for fun? That your tweets were just harmless irrelevant mutterings into the electronic ether?

You’re wrong. You’re taking part in a massive market-research study.

The news, which may surprise some, is that Twitter has found another way to monetise its service, having partnered with a firm which will make it simple for market researchers working for big companies to search and analyse the last two years of your Twitter updates.

Regular Twitter users can only search the site for messages posted in the last seven days or so, but Twitter has granted DataSift access to the full Twitter Firehose, allowing the UK-based firm to monitor and analyse tweets from the last 24 months, and even record sentiments and the location of Twitter users.

As the BBC reports today, DataSift is the first company in the world to offer their business customers…

Read more in my article on the Naked Security website.

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Graham Cluley is a veteran of the anti-virus industry having worked for a number of security companies since the early 1990s when he wrote the first ever version of Dr Solomon's Anti-Virus Toolkit for Windows. Now an independent security analyst, he regularly makes media appearances and is an international public speaker on the topic of computer security, hackers, and online privacy. Follow him on Twitter at @gcluley, or drop him an email.

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