Twitter is opening up full access to the platform’s archive to researchers for free, the company announced Tuesday.
Twitter’s new Academic Research product track will grant researchers access to the full history of public conversations, a feature which was previously only available to customers who paid for premium access.
The new feature will also allow for more precise filtering capabilities to limit data collection to what is relevant to researchers' studies, Twitter said.
Researchers can apply for access. The free archive access will be available to master’s students, doctoral candidates, and faculty or researcher-focused employees at academic institutions. Under the new rollout, the free archive will not be available for undergraduate students, independent researchers or nonprofits.
“While we recognize what we’re launching today may not address all needs of the community, this is a starting point and we are committed to continued support for academic researchers in the future,” Twitter said in the blog post.
The update is part of Twitter’s continuing efforts to improve Twitter’s application programming interface.
Twitter said in coming months it will also introduce specialized business product track, as well as additional levels of access within its academic research, standard and business product tracks.