Frequently Asked Questions
Why do you require non-commercial use on the Academic Research product track?
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 track for only non-commercial use makes it possible for us to continue serving business customers, while still supporting the public good that comes from research using public Twitter data.
If I’m using the Academic Research track, but I want my idea to become a business, can I use this track?
If you’ve been approved to use the Academic Research product track, your access to this track 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 apply with a new use case to use the Standard product track or continue using v1.1 endpoints. In the coming months, we will introduce a Business product track with endpoints and features that best support business needs.
If I don’t fit all of the qualification criteria for the Academic Research product track, what can I use instead?
Anyone who wants to build with the Twitter API can apply to use the Standard product track. We will continue to introduce new endpoints, features, and v1 endpoint replacements into the Standard product track.
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.