Twitter gives MIT researchers access to every single public tweet

Twitter is opening up its vault for researchers at MIT’s Media Lab, and it’s giving them $ 10 million to try and glean some insights from the deluge of tweets. The team of researchers, working under the title “Laboratory of Social Machines,” will have access to Twitter’s highly valuable “fire hose” of live public tweets, as well as archives of every public 140-character-or-less utterance posted to the service since its founding in 2006. With the raw data, the group intends to “create new platforms for both individuals and institutions to identify, discuss, and act on pressing societal problems,” according to a statement from MIT.

The group’s goals are fairly vague at this point, but the researchers appear to be focusing on magnifying…

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