Twitter announced in a new tweet from its developers account that it will end free API access on February 9 – one week from now. Soon, a brand-new paid basic tier will be accessible.
Twitter API explained:
According to the Twitter website, its API is a collection of programmatic endpoints that can be used to analyse or create the conversation on the social media platform. It enables resource discovery, retrieval, interaction, and creation for a variety of resources, including tweets, users, spaces, and direct messages.
It is comparable to a set of guidelines that tell a program how to communicate with the social media platform, to put it another way. As a result, people can use it to create software that enables them to carry out various tasks on Twitter. The Twitter API allows developers to pull trend analytics, create targeting criteria, and access data for ad campaigns.
The latest development:
Twitter will stop allowing free use of both its v2 and v1.1 APIs as of this month’s February 9th.
Instead, a paid basic tier will be accessible. More than one trillion tweets have been sent over the years, and billions more are sent every week. Among the most potent data sets in existence are those from Twitter. We’re committed to providing easy access so you can keep working on projects with us, the Twitter Dev account stated earlier this week.
While the official account assured that further details would be provided next week, it is not yet clear how much these new paid tiers would cost. New owner Elon Musk however tweeted on Friday that “just approximately $100 per month for API access with ID verification” would help ward off bot scammers and opinion manipulators.
Effect on regular social media users:
There might be some other effects, even though this won’t have any impact on your ability to post a tweet or view, like, and share different updates. Many people think that when free access ended, many helpful bots would also go away.
Numerous bot accounts, including those used to monitor and flag hate speech as well as those used as journalism tools to flag stories like @Dataminr, may be impacted by the change, according to reports.