It's possible, if not likely, that releasing this data would be against one
or more Service Terms.

-John Kalucki
Infrastructure, Twitter Inc.

On Wed, Feb 24, 2010 at 7:54 AM, Pete Warden <> wrote:

> I'm looking into releasing a data set based on information pulled from the
> Twitter API. It would be a free release limited to academic researchers, an
> anonymized version of the network connections of several million users with
> public profiles.
> What I'm hoping to release is something like this:
> <user id>, <city-level location>, <follower ids>, <friend ids>
> In all cases, the ids are arbitrary identifiers that are not convertible to
> actual Twitter ids, and any detailed locations are converted to the nearest
> large city.
> I'm aware that it may be possible to de-anonymize some of these users based
> on topology, but since much richer information is available through the API
> on these users anyway, that seems unlikely to be an issue? However I'm
> obviously keen to hear any concerns that Twitter (or other developers here)
> may have before I go forward with this.
> cheers,
>             Pete

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