It’s a sad day for our favorite gimmick Twitter accounts, as we might have to soon say goodbye to them. Late Wednesday night, the official Twitter Developer account announced the platform will stop offering free access to the platform’s API (application programming interface) on February 9.
Access to the Twitter API v1.1 and v2 will soon be replaced with a “paid basic tier,” which may further cripple third-party support.
allows third-party developers to access publicly available Twitter data to create bots or apps for the site. We’re not just talking about bots like RemindMe_OfThis that remind users of tweets they come across; researchers have, in the past, used the API to Twitter API . track online hate speech It appears that the developers are trying to capitalize on the sheer amount of data on the platform. As the
Twitter Developer account said in a thread , “Over the years, hundreds of millions of people have sent over a trillion tweets, with billions more every week… Twitter data is among the most powerful data sets in the world. world. ” The new price point for the tier hasn’t been revealed. Rather, it was hinted at in the account, which said it would give more details sometime next week.
It does appear this is another attempt by Twitter (and its contentious CEO, Elon Musk) to make money off the platform. Purchasable APIs aren’t anything new on Twitter, but they’re more
. Enterprising users can collect a bunch of “Tweets posted within the last 30 days” based on a certain query using the Premium Search API, but doing so means geared toward businesses paying Twitter up to $2,500 for up to 10,000 requests per month. However, is it a wise move when advertisers have been fleeing in droves?
That isn’t to say the platform will charge developers thousands of dollars to use Twitter’s API to build a bot (we don’t know that yet). Developers may only have to pay
for access. However, given the recent $99 a month or less banning of third-party apps as a part of “enforcing… long-standing API rules” and the Elon Musk is under because of his Twitter purchase, it’s hard to imagine things will stay cheap. $12.5 billion mountain of debt
For mega-companies like Google, this probably changes nothing. But for small-time developers, like the ones behind the
, this spells doom for them unless they can somehow scrounge up the money for the expected high costs. Ace Attorney Court Bot on Twitter
The outcry has been deafening on Twitter. Look through the Developers’ Forum thread and quote tweets, and you will find nearly 50,000 users criticizing the end of the free API. One user,
, said that “this change will destroy research, activism, and commercial projects,” and he’s going to stop “working on non-commercial projects that use the API.” Hammer goes on to say he will “have to re-evaluate which commercial projects are still feasible.” Luca Hammer Others bemoan the short notice , calling it “cruel.”
At this point, we would’ve liked to ask Twitter about this new move; however, their press contact is nowhere to be found. We’ll be sure to reach out if we ever find it.
It is a shame that Twitter continues to turn its back on developers. APIs are a great way for users to improve service without the company having to spend time and money developing a new feature. If you’re thinking about trying your hand at making bots with an API on another service, it’s recommended you utilize some
endpoint protection to keep you safe.