Twitter has opened up the full archive of Tweets, going back to 2006, via their premium full-archive search endpoint, for developers.
Starting today, the full-archive search endpoint is available in beta. This new endpoint on the premium Search Tweets API provides access to every public Tweet currently on Twitter, all the way back to @jack’s first Tweet in 2006.
What does that mean? Using the Twitter API, and if you’re a developer, you can get access to the full archive of Tweets, going back 12 years. You can get data about your brand, about a particular individual, about a keyword, or just about anything else you’d like to search for.
Right now, the pricing is really good, certain parts of the archive is free to search. The pricing varies, depending on the amount of usage, and generally the amount of data you would like to get back from Twitter:
To get started, you need to fill out a developer application.
As you might recall, I wrote a while back that Tweets aren’t being archived on archive.org, so there really hasn’t been a great way to get access to the historical archive of Tweets. But, with this announcement, we do now have access to the historical Tweets.