I’m working on a pretty cool research project, and I’d need some twitter historical data.
The idea is to build a tool that look for correlations between social media data (basically tweets) and consumer spending habits in a particular area. Once a promising correlation has been found, the second step is to apply a machine learning model for prediction, and measure its performance.
I already have the anonymous financial data, but I don’t know where to find an API or historic database of tweets for that period (6 months between 2012/2013). I’ve asked to Datasift and they kindly pointed me to their subscription plans (starting at $5K), which are far out of my budget as a personal research pet project.
Do twitter offer any student/research plan to acces the historical data. I’d only need to perform historical searches on Barcelona area, from Nov 2012 to Apr 2013 in order to create the learning datasets.