Since many individuals use Twitter to tweet about events in real-time, it has become a crucial resource for scholars and journalists. On the social network, even people without a Twitter account could easily search for tweets. However, as numerous users have pointed out, this is no longer possible.
Twitter has limited its search to users who are logged into the social network as of this week. While logged out, you can still view some suggested tweets on the Twitter website, including those from Elon Musk, but you can’t perform a search anymore.
You must first log into an account in order to do this. Similar rules apply if someone provides you with a link to a Twitter search result.
This is hardly surprising given that Twitter has also restricted access to its open API, a shift that has an impact on academic researchers who previously had easy access to downloading substantial amounts of tweets for research. Currently, it charges at least $100 per month to request access to significant amounts of tweets.