Starting on February 9th, Twitter will no longer offer free access to the Twitter API. Late on Wednesday night, Elon Musk’s social media pastime made the announcement that it will no longer provide free access to the Twitter API and would instead offer a “paid basic tier.” Although Twitter has not yet disclosed the price, it has stated that it will give “further details about what you may expect next week.”

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“Over the years, hundreds of millions of people have sent over a trillion Tweets, with billions more every week. “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,” according to the Twitter Developer account.

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What is API?

The Twitter API is a collection of programmatic endpoints that can be used to understand or build the Twitter conversation.

This API enables you to find and retrieve, interact with, or create a wide range of resources, including the following: Tweets, users, areas, direct messages, lists, trends, media, and locations.

Since acquiring the platform for $44 billion last year, Twitter CEO Elon Musk has worked to enhance income and Twitter monetization in an effort to reduce debt and pay off loans.

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Applications like Pikaso, Thread Reader, and RemindMe_OfThis that connect to the platform can be developed using Twitter’s API, which stands for Application Programming Interface and enables third parties to collect and analyse public Twitter data.

For developers who want to remove limitations on accessing endpoints and unlock extra enterprise features, Twitter currently offers restricted free access to its API in addition to premium, scalable tiers. Twitter does not publicly reveal the cost of its premium API tiers, but according to a report from February of last year, costs begin at $99 per month and vary depending on the desired level of access.