Earlier this year, Twitter announced several changes to its API after banning developers from building third-party apps with it. Among the changes, the company introduced new paid tiers for the API and a free write-only version with a number of limitations. Now, Twitter has officially shut down its old free API, which affected many apps and websites across the web.
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Twitter’s free API is officially dead, along with many other apps
Changes to the Twitter API were announced there in February, but delayed several times. In an attempt to roll out its API changes in March, the company ended up breaking its own platform. But now it’s official: Twitter’s free API is gone, and it affected many other apps.
As noted Chris Messinathe option to connect with Twitter in applications such as Post News and Substack is discontinued due to API changes. Engadget reported that many other apps such as Jetpack Social (a WordPress plugin), Echobox, Flipboard, and Social Bearing are also affected.
The new free API only provides 1,500 post requests per month and access to login with Twitter for each application. To get 50,000 post requests and 10,000 read requests per month, developers need to pay $100 per month. Those who need more than that will have to pay for the Enterprise API, which costs $42,000 per month.
But even developers who are willing to pay for the new API are facing problems, as Twitter has cut off access to the old API and has not yet released access to the new paid enterprise API. “We still haven’t heard back from the Twitter sales team and our API access was cut off without notice yesterday,” the developers of Echobox said in a statement. blog post.
Once again, Twitter leaves developers in the dark after abruptly cutting off access to third-party clients in January.
Twitter actions to make more money don’t work
Ever since Elon Musk acquired Twitter, he has put a lot of effort into monetizing the platform in some way. For example, Twitter increased the price of the Blue subscription, which now offers a blue badge to paying users. The platform was also limit the reach of tweets from non-Blue followers.
But Musk’s actions did not yield good results. While he paid $44 billion for Twitter in October, the company is now valued at $20 billion. Due to Twitter’s controversial changes, many big advertisers left the platform, causing it to lose money.
Meanwhile, Twitter continues to lay off key engineers and executives while the platform faces constant outagesserious bugs and security failures. And it doesn’t seem like forcing developers to pay a premium price for Twitter’s API will help the company.
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