Topsy, Gnip, Data Sift and NTT Data are the "certified data resellers", the only firms with rights to collect data from Twitter and resell it. The Wall Street Journal reports that those companies are responsible for the majority of revenue from Twitter.
Topsy can resell the data to othersoftware analyzing firms. The exclusive agreement with Twitter requires Topsy and other data resellers to protect the real name of users and to keep spam under control.
While Twitters are public, it is impossible to practically use information from 500 million daily twits without a powerful software and enormous storage. .
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