[Corpora-List] Building a corpus from Twitter & Tw's privacy concerns

Djamé Seddah djame.seddah at free.fr
Tue Jul 16 18:27:20 CEST 2013


Hi, I was given to understand that if a) the tweets were collected without an account, without using an API (raw cut'n'paste), you were not legally bound to the term of use and b) if they were made totally anonymous (which is the hard and tedious part), you could redistribute some of them as a sample collection, thus falling under the fair-use usage scheme.

We've built a small social media Treebank for French -- used as a statistical parsing stress test -- and we never managed to get an answer (by phone or by mail) from twitters (and from Facebook either) while we had agreement from other sources.

Best, Djamé

Le 16 juil. 2013 à 17:44, John D. Burger a écrit :


> There appears to be no legal reason you can't collect a corpus of tweets. However, per Twitter's Terms of Use you cannot redistribute the tweets to others. A common practice is to instead distribute the tweet IDs, which other people can use to fetch the tweets using Twitter's API. This is how NIST "distributes" the data in their Tweets2011 corpus:
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> http://trec.nist.gov/data/tweets/
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> This is less than optimal for research, though, since in the interim some of the Twitter users may have deleted tweets in the collection. For a sufficiently large corpus, this means that anybody else attempting to use the same data at a later date will almost certainly end up with a subset of your corpus. As far as I know, however, this is currently the only legal method for sharing tweets.
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> - John Burger
> MITRE
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> On Jul 16, 2013, at 10:51 , M.E.Sciubba wrote:
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>> Dear ListMembers,
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>> I'd like to create a corpus of Italian twits, but searching online I found out that it is not possible anymore because Twitter has changed its privacy settings.
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>> Has any of you tried to build a Twitter corpus and how?
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>> Any suggestion will be much appreciated (considering that I am not a programmer, though).
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>> Best,
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>> Eleonora
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