Rules & Filtering

PowerTrack enhances the ability to filter Twitter’s full firehose, and only receive the data that they or their customers are interested in. This is accomplished by applying PowerTrack filtering language to match Tweets based on a wide variety of attributes, including user attributes, geo-location, language, and many others. Using PowerTrack rules to filter a data source ensures that customers receive all of the data, and only the data they need for your app. As described, customers add up to 1000 filtering rules, each containing 2048 characters or less, to PowerTrack to determine which activities will be sent in their batch job. PowerTrack can support thousands of these individual rules, and deliver the combined set of matching activities in a batch of gzip files representing 10-minute intervals.

We have three pages that you should familiarize yourself with to understand which rules you can use, and how you can use them.

In addition to these resources, we have a few tutorials that we suggest that you review when setting up your rules:

Next steps

Are you looking for a one-time Historical Powertrack job?

Request a job by filling out this contact form and select ‘I only need to do a one-time historical data pull’
Read through our tutorial on one-off Historical PowerTrack jobs

Are you interested in a subscription to the Historical PowerTrack product?

Apply for Enterprise access here
Read the Read our Historical PowerTrack API Reference