Twitter will no longer offer a free access to the Twitter API. Late on Wednesday night, the official Twitter Developer account announced that the platform would no longer provide open access to the Twitter API and would instead facilitate a “paid basic tier.”
Although Twitter has not yet disclosed the price, it has stated that it will provide further details about what you may expect next week.
The Application Programming Interface, or API, of Twitter, enables outside parties to acquire and examine publicly available Twitter data, which can then be used to develop programmable bots and independent software applications that connect to the platform.
For developers who desire to remove limitations on accessing endpoints and unlock the extra enterprise features, Twitter currently offers limited free access to its API in addition to premium, scalable tiers.
The decision to remove free access to Twitter’s API follows the platform updating its developer rules to ban third-party clients, causing popular third-party Twitter apps like Twitterrific and Tweetbot to abandon the platform.