Twitter To Charge For Content Analysis Tool Used In Quake Rescue, Aid Efforts

  • However, the developers could soon lose access to the tool unless they pay Twitter a monthly fee of at least $100.
  • The death toll from the quake a week ago is now at 36,000, but people are still being rescues under collapsed buildings and elsewhere.
  • Among the hardest hit by the fee will be the many volunteers and nonprofits on shoestring budgets.
  • “That’s not just for rescue efforts which unfortunately we’re coming to the end of, but for logistics planning too as people go to Twitter to broadcast their needs,” said Sedat Kapanoglu, the founder of Eksi Sozluk, Turkey’s most popular social platform, told the Associated Press.
  • They need the tool, known as the API, or Application Programming Interface, to analyze Twitter data because the tremendous amount makes a human search practically impossible.
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