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What are Twitter Data Grants? Hit Search has the Answers

twitter_logo_blueHit Search is continuing its working relationship with the University of Liverpool, by collaborating on a proposal for the coveted Twitter Data Grants. But what are the much publicised grants, and why could they prove so important?

Micro-blogging mega-site Twitter has launched a global competition in which research groups from all over the world submit proposals for access to the social network’s public and historical data; but only a handful of research institutions will make the grade.

A super group of Hit Search researchers and University of Liverpool academics are bidding to be one of the lucky ones.

It is believed that Twitter users publish more than 500 million tweets per day and as a whole this represents a massive data set which could be used to gain a valuable insight into public attitudes to global issues, the causality of major events and the reaction.

In the past, it has been notoriously difficult for researchers outside Twitter to gain access to this information. For this reason, the Twitter Data Grant is an exciting prospect but competition for one of a small number of grants is extremely high.

Twitter isn’t looking to support a specific kind of research project and groups can pitch to use Twitter data for any kind of non-commercial research project. Successful applicants will gain access to hashtags, keywords, ngrams, and information on dates and locations of activity.

Ayesh Alshukri and Andrew Redfern at Hit Search have worked with Prof. Frans Coenen and Dr Prudance Wong from the Department of Computer Science at the University of Liverpool. Together the research group hope to analyse Twitter user sentiment or attitude toward two global issues and how these attitude differ geographically. They aim to illustrate this data in the form of sentiment maps.

It is the latest in a long line of collaborations between Hit Search and the University of Liverpool, as the company fulfils its aim to do more than simply manage online marketing campaigns, but also contribute to new thinking in the industry and provide benefit to the community as a whole.

For more information on Twitter Data Grants and the Hit Search pitch, stay tuned to the blog in the coming weeks.


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