How Much is a Tap on Twitter's Firehose Worth?

Twitter on Monday gave seven real-time search and discovery companies, ranging from "funded startups to part-time, one-man operations," access to 100% of its tweets. Twitter's so-called "firehose" is a valuable asset. The company has made partners such as Google, Microsoft, and most recently Yahoo! pay to use it in their own real-time searches. The move is part of a new, yet-to-be-standardized initiative of metered access for people and companies that build on Twitter.

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