/// Data Nerds Revolt! PeopleBrowsr Takes Twitter to Court Over Alleged Anticompetitive Actions
If there’s one valuable thing Twitter holds, it is the company’s vast treasure trove of billions of tweets. It is an opus of thoughts and utterances, all made in real-time, that make up the company’s most precious asset: The “interest graph.” Twitter knows this. And for years now, the company has had agreements with a number of third-party companies, giving them access to the “firehose,” or the raw stream of Twitter data flowing through the company’s pipes. These companies comb through the scores of tweets to find meaningful insights, and re-sell that information to companies across multiple industries. It’s a “big data” economy, built entirely around Twitter’s neverending flow of information. On Wednesday evening, social analytics company and Twitter data re-seller Peoplebrowsr surprised tech circles , saying it had won a temporary restraining order against Twitter to uphold the two companies’ long-standing firehose agreement, which Twitter seeks to end on November 30.