MIT to study every tweet through $10 million deal with Twitter

Twitter is giving MIT access to every single tweet that has been sent in the social network’s eight-year history.

The arrangement, part of a five-year $10 million program at MIT Media Lab that created the Laboratory of Social Machines, is set to better understand how people use Twitter. Researchers hope to gain insight into online social patterns and how people share information.

“Imagine a tool that lets you track the emergence of some new rumor or new belief about some event you’re covering,” Deb Roy, director of the new lab and an associate professor at the Media Lab told the Boston Globe.

The findings could ultimately lead to a better way information is shared on Twitter.