Twitter to sell archived tweets to businesses

Twitter's tweet archive is now for sale - two research companies have now partnered with the San Francisco based social network to begin selling information to businesses.

Those who buy in will have access to users' tweets going back to January 2010. Companies would then be able to mine the messages for valuable marketing data. Critics say the deal could violate user privacy - especially since Twitter users are only able to access their own tweets going back seven days ago.

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