I'm working with a research group at the Ohio State University that is
interested in using tweets to study communication.  Our project is
made up of sociologists and geographers, and we are particularly
interested in looking at social networks and the space-time context of
discussions.  We want to be sure not to violate the terms of service,

4. You will not attempt or encourage others to:
E. use or access the Twitter API to aggregate, cache (except as part
of a Tweet), or store place and other geographic location information
contained in Twitter Content.

We want to use locations, and would like to know what steps can we
take to avoid violating the TOS.  Would any of these measures below or
some combination of them satisfy the requirements?

- Not storing tweet ID
- Not storing user ID
- Not storing full 140-character status, only whether our topics of
interest were mentioned
- Generalize precise geolocations to a coarser level (Census tract/

Hopefully I haven't overlooked an answer to this question elsewhere.
I found another post here asking for clarification (http://goo.gl/
hArk9), so it looks like clarification could benefit others, as well.
If we need to ask for an exception to the TOS, where should we direct
our application?

Johnathan Rush @rushgeo
PhD student in Geography

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