Twitter: Shutdown of Free API Has Affected Third-Party Platforms

This group of programmatic features enables developers to produce social network-compatible apps.

Twitter has started limiting access to its application programming interface (API), which has already had an impact on outside platforms including Flipboard, Echobox, and Substack.

The Twitter API is a collection of programmatic features that enable developers to create add-on programs for this social network that can communicate with it and its content.

Beginning in February of last year, the business declared that it would stop providing its free API and that, as of February 9, individuals who wished to continue using it would need to make a little cost.

Elon Musk, the owner of Twitter, announced shortly after and in response to the criticism and recommendations resulting from this decision that he would make available to developers “a lightweight and write-only API” for “bots” that generate “positive content,” and that this would be free.

The business promised that it will continue to provide “basic paid access” for a monthly price after announcing an extension until February 13 at the deadline for the withdrawal of the free API.

The deadline for being allowed to continue using its services for free was not specified, but it was the following day when it announced a new extension of the implementation period for its new payment API.

According to Mashable, platforms like Substack and Flipboard have now made sure they cannot integrate with the free tools provided by Twitter because the latter started limiting it on Tuesday. They specifically reported experiencing issues when sharing publications and putting links.

Tibo Louis-Lucas, the creator of the Tweet Hunter scheduling tool, and other developers have remarked that Twitter did not provide them any advance notice that these API modifications will be made.

In reality, Echobox has guaranteed that it requested users to sign up for one of the three membership levels when the social network announced the changes it would undertake. Yet, Twitter would not have responded to him and would have “without prior notice” terminated his access to the API.

Twitter Three Levels

Twitter announced three new levels of access to its interface at the end of March, one of which was free and excluded the use of tools for the production of “bots,” with a note that the free level would cap published tutorials to 1,500 per month.

The following modality is called “Basic,” and it includes a cap of 10,000 reading tweets in addition to a price of 3,000 monthly tweets and 50,000 tweets overall. On the third level, however, neither restrictions nor costs have been established.

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