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Why are tweets limited to 6-9 days

12 December, 2014 by Tom

Twitter does not currently make tweets older than 6-9 days available to developers through the public Search API
“The Search API is not complete index of all Tweets, but instead an index of recent Tweets. At the moment that index includes between 6-9 days of Tweets.”

This includes all standard search streams and geolocated tweet searches. Social Bearing is currently not able to show older tweets for generic searches using the free API method Twitter provides. The user timeline search however is limited to the latest 3,200 tweets.

In order for Social Bearing to make available historical tweets older than 7 days via search, we would need to purchase access to the full archive of tweets via Twitter’s enterprise API platform GNIP. This comes with a high monthly fee which at this present time is prohibitively expensive.

Twitter’s own official search┬áhave however does allow tweets over 7 days old to be searched. An announcement from Twitter states that all tweets since 2006 have been indexed and are available to search using the official search. If finding older tweets are a priority for you, try using either Twitter search or services like Topsy other services that have access to archived tweets.

We hope that in the future we will be able to provide access to historical tweets either through GNIP or by using alternative methods.


  • sam says:

    hello can you give me a list of website that have twitter archive with analytic for every tweets

  • Please, could you tell me if you be able to recommend other alternative service in order to get twitter archive?

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