Twitter, Peoplebrowsr settle data access lawsuit


Twitter and social media analytics firm Peoplebrowsr have settled their lawsuit over ‘firehose’ data that will see Peoplebrowsr have access to the ‘firehose’ through the end of 2013.

Beginning next year, Peoplebrowsr will have to purchase access to the full “firehose” of 400 million daily tweets through one of Twitter’s authorised data resellers, meaning Gnip, DataSift, or Topsy.

Earlier this year, PeopleBrowsr won the case against Twitter after federal district court judge Edward Chen ruled in favour of the company and returned the case to the San Francisco Superior Court.

Last year, PeopleBrowsr won a temporary restraining order compelling Twitter to continue providing full Firehose access after the court rejected Twitter’s contention by saying that the application was without merit.

PeopleBrowsr’s argument rested in part on the notion that Twitter made binding public statements that led startups to believe they’d be able to access the company’s data indefinitely. “Twitter has repeatedly and consistently promised that it would maintain an ‘open ecosystem’ for its data,” PeopleBrowsr wrote in an early court filing.

“We’re thrilled it is settled,” says Andrew Grill, CEO of PeopleBrowsr’s Kred division. “It means we can focus on all the products we’ve been developing.”

Reacting to the settlement Twitter spokesperson told The Next Web, “We’re pleased to have this matter dismissed with prejudice, and look forward to PeopleBrowsr’s transition by the end of the year off of the Firehose to join the ecosystem of developers utilising Twitter data via our reseller partnerships.”

Peoplebrowsr, based in San Francisco, sifts through Twitter and resells social media “intelligence” to clients that include media organizations and the U.S. Department of Defense.

In February this year, PeopleBrowsr acquired Swaylo to combine Facebook and Twitter data as well as expand Social Intelligence and Kred scoring to over 500 million social profiles.

In addition to broadening into Facebook analytics, PeopleBrowsr is looking at the possibility of pulling data from Google+, Tumblr, and WordPress.

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