Twitter’s API cost is no longer free! In a tweet from Twitter’s Dev account, they announced that free Twitter API access would be removed.
Starting February 9, we will no longer support free access to the Twitter API, both v2 and v1.1. A paid basic tier will be available instead 🧵— Twitter Dev (@TwitterDev) February 2, 2023
So, what does this mean for your favorite Twitter apps and tools? Keep reading to get all the details.
Wondering how Twitter’s API Cost will affect social media management tools like Vista Social? We are still learning, and businesses should check this article for updates.
Twitter’s developers account (@TwitterDev) announced in the early hours of Wednesday that the company will no longer offer free access to its API.
Starting next week, on Feb. 9, access to the basic tier of the Twitter API will only be available through a paid subscription.
The announcement has received widespread criticism from Twitter users. Some developers have already declared their plans to terminate their Twitter projects.
Without free access to the Twitter api, harpy will stop working on February 9th. This includes access using a (free) custom api key.— harpy (@harpy_app) February 2, 2023
Thanks for using harpy.
A spiritual successor to harpy in form of a mastodon app or other social media might come in the future. Stay tuned! https://t.co/ZPeaqeD1ib
An API, or application programming interface, enables the communication between two applications.
In this case, the Twitter API enables developers to access Twitter’s data and services through official channels, which has allowed them to create a variety of both free and paid products that enhance the user experience on Twitter.
By requiring payment, many of the free services and accounts will likely be discontinued.
Twitter hasn’t officially announced the cost to access their API, but Elon Musk tweeted it would be $100/month.
Yeah, free API is being abused badly right now by bot scammers & opinion manipulators. There’s no verification process or cost, so easy to spin up 100k bots to do bad things.— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) February 2, 2023
Just ~$100/month for API access with ID verification will clean things up greatly.
The paid subscription is set to come into effect on February 9th.
Developers and businesses, such as third-party tools, who use the Twitter API for commercial purposes or to create and distribute Twitter-based applications, services, or content must pay for access to the API.
This includes app developers, data analysts, marketing companies, and others who use the API to build and distribute products or services based on Twitter data.
It’s worth mentioning that Twitter already offers a paid tier of service for its API.
This premium tier, designed for social media companies that generate revenue from providing Twitter data, provides more access than the basic tier, which has limitations in place.
The Twitter API cost impacts developers and businesses in several ways:
Overall, the Twitter API cost can affect the ability of developers and businesses to build and offer Twitter-based products and services, as well as their revenue potential and competitiveness in the market.
No, as of the announcement made by @TwitterDev, free access to Twitter’s API will no longer be available.
Access to the basic tier of the Twitter API will only be available through a paid subscription.
Businesses can keep checking back on this blog for updates on Twitter’s API cost and any changes to the availability of free access.
In the meantime, they may want to consider alternative options or prepare for the possibility of having to pay for access to the Twitter API in the future.
About the Author
Brittany Garlin serves as the Head of Marketing at Vista Social, the leading social media suite that's pushing the boundaries of innovation. Steering the platform to achieve an impressive milestone of over 2 million connected social profiles, Brittany's expertise has been acknowledged in a recent appearance on the Social Pros podcast, where she discussed making marketing to marketers more human-centered. With a knack for strategic disruption, Brittany also redefines what it means to be a woman in the tech sector. Her thought leadership is frequently highlighted in prestigious outlets like Forbes and HubSpot.
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