One of the many “mysteries” that have surrounded Twitter’s management in recent months has been the blocking of Twitter’s APIs in mid-January without any warning. Now, however, we finally find out because the social has blocked its API in recent days, and the news could make users and developers turn up their noses.
A tweets of the account Twitter Dev indeed he explained that “starting February 9, we will no longer support the free APIs of Twitter and access to the latter, both in version 2 and in version 1.1.“. Nothing new: Twitter has limited itself to confirming that the APIs have not been working for some time and that they will definitely stop being accessible from next week.
The second part of the tweetshowever, has generated a real fuss in the developer community: “a paid subscription will be launched instead of the free API”. In other words, it’s not really true that the social APIs, hitherto free, will be withdrawn and will no longer be made available to developers: on the contrary, they will simply become paid.
Twitter, unfortunately, has not released any further information on the matter, although it seems that more info coming very soon, maybe as early as next week. In a second post, the account explained that “over the years, hundreds of millions of people have sent out more than a trillion tweets, with billions adding to the tally every week. Twitter’s data is some of the most powerful in the world. We are committed to enable fast and comprehensive access to this data, so that the developers can continue to build with us“.
At the moment there is also no information about the price of this subscription for developers, even if it seems that it has been in the air for some time: in fact, it reports The Verge that, in February 2022, there had already been talk of a subscription for access to the Twitter API, which would have cost equal to 99 Dollars per month in his tier Basic.