Twitter had previously announced that it would no longer support free access to the Twitter API, both v2 and v1.1, would instead replace it with a basic tier. After delays in the launch of their API platform, Twitter announces new API tiers with Basic starting at $100.
After Elon Musk’s takeover, Twitter has gone through a lot, the biggest change was access to its API. Twitter Dev Team had previously announced it would release a paid basic tier. After some delays, they finally released it on 29th March 2023. They announced the launch on the Official Twitter Dev Page with a tweet stating, “Today we are launching our new Twitter API access tiers! We’re excited to share more details about our self-serve access.” They further revealed that the basic tier will cost $100
Twitter is launching its API in three tiers:
- Free Tier for write-only use cases and testing the Twitter API – With rate limited access to v2 tweet posting and media upload endpoints, 1,500 Tweets per month – posting limit at the app level, 1 app ID, Login with Twitter, Cost: Free.
- Basic Tier for hobbyists or prototypes – With rate limited access to suite of v2 endpoints, 3,000 Tweets per month – posting limit at the user level, 50,000 Tweets per month – posting limit at the app level, 10,000 Tweets per month – read-limit rate cap, 2 app IDs, Login with Twitter, Cost: $100 per month.
- Enterprise Tier for businesses and scaled commercial projects – With Commercial-level access that meets your and your customer’s specific needs, Managed services by a dedicated account team, Complete streams: replay, engagement metrics, backfill, and more features, Cost: Monthly subscription tiers which varies as per the business’s requirements.
After Twitter had announced that it was removing its free API access it faced severe backlash, to which Elon Musk responded with a tweet which said that good content bots would get Twitter write-only API for free. This tweet from Twitter Dev Team confirms this by saying, “Introducing a new form of Free (v2) access for write-only use cases and those testing the Twitter API with 1,500 Tweets/month at the app level, media upload endpoints, and Login with Twitter.”
Twitter is also looking at ways to make APIs available for Students and Teachers to keep serving the community in better ways. The New API tiers will soon come into effect and Twitter is asking its users to migrate from the old tier system of Standard (v1.1), Essential (v2), Elevated (v2), and Premium to the new one in the next 30 days. Stay in touch with further developments with the Twitter API and everything tech with TechCult.
Source: Twitter Dev Team’s Tweet