Twitter Shifts to Paid API Access: End of Free Era for Developers
Twitter to ditch free API access, paid version to be launched on Feb. 9
3 February 2023
Twitter to stop offering free access to its API from Feb. 9, paid version to be launched soon
Twitter to discontinue support for both v1.1 and v2 of APIs.
Meanwhile, Twitter under Elon Musk developing payments system with crypto functionality.
Twitter To End Free Access to API: Launching Paid Version Starting February 9. The Twitter Developer Account recently announced in a series of tweets that the company will be discontinuing support for both the legacy v1.1 and the new v2 of its Twitter APIs. This means that starting from February 9, users will no longer have free access to the API and will instead have to purchase the paid version.
“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 Developer account tweeted. “Over the years, hundreds of millions of people have sent over a trillion Tweets, with billions more every week,” it added.
Moreover, the micro blogging platform concluded by saying, “Twitter data are among the world’s most powerful data sets. We’re committed to enabling fast & comprehensive access so you can continue to build with us. We’ll be back with more details on what you can expect next week.”
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Reacting to the information shared by Twitter, a user commented, “Charging developers for creating features for your own product? lol you should be paying them.”
Another user said, “Your API didn’t update for like 3 month since the takeover, you suspended legit 3rd party app and NOW we won’t be able to use it for free?? Even Facebook and YouTube API are free and they are updated.”
Twitter, under the leadership of Elon Musk, is reportedly working on a cutting-edge payments system that will offer a unique blend of crypto and traditional currency functionality. The payments feature will allow users to transact using both crypto currencies and fiat currencies, marking a significant step forward in the world of digital payments. According to a report in The Financial Times, the feature will initially support only fiat currencies, but the plan is to add support for crypto currencies in the near future.