Frequently Asked Questions
Why do you require non-commercial use on Academic Research access?
Twitter believes in the value and impact of the academic research community on the world. To support researchers and enable the public good that comes from their work, we’re providing specialized products like full-archive search, increased access, and free or discounted pricing (where applicable).
Reserving this access for only non-commercial use makes it possible for us to continue serving the developer community, while still supporting the public good that comes from research using public Twitter data.
If I’m using Academic Research access, but I want my idea to become a business, can I use it?
If you’ve been approved to use Academic Research access, your access should be used exclusively for non-commercial purposes. Once you want to create a monetized service or product with your access to the Twitter API, you will need to sign-up for Essential access and, if you need more, upgrade to Elevated access for your new use case.
If I don’t fit all of the qualification criteria for Academic Research access, what can I use instead?
Anyone who wants to build with the Twitter API can sign up for Essential access and get started building right away. If greater levels of access are required, you can apply for higher levels of access through the developer portal.
Are grants, funding, and donations to complete research considered to be a form of monetization?
Grants and funding that you receive to conduct your research is not considered to be a form of monetization. Donations that your users or readers opt to give as a show of appreciation are generally not considered to be a form of monetization.
How can I share feedback I have about commercial use and non-commercial use?
Your feedback is important and helps shape how we build in the future. If you have suggestions specific to commercial and non-commercial use of the Twitter API, let us know here.