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Twitter fire hose

A syndicated data feed of all the tweets sent - an estimated 500 million tweets a day - which Twitter's data partners pay to get access to. Gaining access to the Twitter fire hose, or firehose, means gaining access to that feed.

The data companies charge customers for analysis of the feed, from tracking trends in real time to analysing consumer sentiment towards particular products or advertising campaigns. 

Access is usually granted on a scaled commercial basis with applicants being charged a...