The Archivist, a Twitter Data-Mining App

If you’ve ever used Twitter Search before, you know that one of its best qualities is its ability to deliver the latest, breaking tweets on any subject you query, all in real-time. Unfortunately, that ability is its downside, too. You see, what you may not have known is that Twitter Search is date-restricted. In other words, it only lets you go back a certain amount of time and/or number of tweets for any given search. According to the Twitter API documentation, that limit is currently set to around a month, but it’s “dynamic and subject to shrinking as the number of tweets per day continues to grow.”

So what’s the solution? Until now, there hasn’t really been one…which is why Karsten Januszewski designed the new Twitter application called “The Archivist.”

This app is a software download that runs on your PC, allowing you to archive Twitter searches for later data-mining purposes. And not only does the app archive all the tweets from your initial search, it also gets all the tweets it can since that search, too. If you leave the app open, it will update itself every 10 minutes.

It’s very simple to use, too. You can save your searches, open old searches, or get the latest tweets for any given query using the buttons at the top.

The app is available for installation from the Flotzam site at http://flotzam.com/archivist.

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