As per the report, Twitter is currently offering three different plans. The first, known as the ‘Small Package,’ provides access to 50 million tweets for $42,000 per month. The packages with access to 100 million and 200 million tweets, respectively, are said to cost more per month.
Twitter’s once free Application Programming Interface (API) is now set to cost a staggering $42,000 per month (equivalent to ₹34 lakh), as reported by a tech outlet earlier this month. Wired, a well-known tech publication, has shared documents indicating that the developer community, researchers, and academia who have been utilizing Twitter’s API without any charges for years may now be required to pay to retain access to it.
Researchers and professionals use the API to access past data on Twitter. There have been rumours that Twitter would be following in the footsteps of other services that Musk has started charging for in order to create revenue streams for his recently acquired company. Musk announced via Twitter in early February that API access would require payment, but this decision was later postponed until February 15th. On February 5th, Musk tweeted that Twitter would be introducing a free, write-only API for bots that offer valuable content in response to feedback.
As per the report, Twitter is currently offering three different plans. The first, known as the “Small Package,” provides access to 50 million tweets for $42,000 per month. The packages with access to 100 million and 200 million tweets, respectively, are said to cost more per month.
The report suggests that several modifications will be made to the rules for accessing APIs, such as those for filtering data, account activity API, and engagement API, among other details. It is anticipated that the document containing these changes will be shared with users once they are implemented.
Twitter’s API allows for automated access to Twitter’s features. The Twitter website’s developer-related data states that the platform provides tools, resources, data, and API products that can be used to incorporate and enhance Twitter’s influence through research, solutions, and other means.
Twitter Application Programming Interface (API), which was once free, is reportedly set to cost a whopping $42,000 a month (Rs 34 lakh), a tech outlet reported earlier this month. According to the documents shared by tech publication Wired, the developer community, researchers and academia, who have been using Twitter API free for years, may now have to shell out money to access the same.
API is used by researchers and concerned professionals to access historical data on the social networking site. There has been a buzz that Twitter API would be going behind paywall quite like many other services that Musk has started charging for in a bid to generate revenue sources within his newly-acquired company. In February first week, Musk had tweeted that API access would be put behind a paywall. Later, the decision was delayed to February 15. “Responding to feedback, Twitter will enable a light, write-only API for bots providing good content that is free,” Musk had said in a tweet on February 5.
Twitter API paid version: What we know so far
According to the said report, Twitter is now offering three plans, starting with one – Small Package, which will provide access to 50 million tweets for $42,000 every month. Packages with accesses to 100 million and 200 million tweets respectively will reportedly cost higher per month. ET NOw could not independently verify the claims made in the report.
According to the report, there will be several changes in the rules for accessing APIs to filter data, account activity API, engagement API and other such details. The document is expected to be shared with users once the changes are rolled out.
The Twitter API enables programmatic access to Twitter. According to the developer-related data on Twitter website, ‘the platform provides tools, resources, data and API products to integrate, and expand Twitter’s impact through research, solutions and more’.