Twitter has a new API for start-ups – but it doesn’t come cheap
After Twitter’s soon-to-be ex-CEO Elon Musk controversially shut down the API for the social networking platform, leaving many third-party apps in the dust and without a business model, the company has now announced that the API are coming back. More users, but with a very expensive twist.
The so-called ‘Twitter API Pro’ tier was announced by @TwitterDev The network is aimed at smaller companies and startups, and is priced at $5,000 per month, which sits above the $100-per-month Basic plan and Enterprise plan.
The tweet read: “Experiment, build and scale your business with 1M Tweets per month, featuring our powerful real-time filtered/streamed and full archive search endpoints. We look forward to seeing you What do you make next?”
Twitter APIs are back, ish
Notable features of the Pro plan include rate-limited access to a suite of v2 endpoints including search and filtered streams, as well as the ability to fetch 1,000,000 tweets and post 300,000 tweets per month. It also supports three App IDs.
Beyond the paid plans, Twitter also launched a free API tier earlier this year with support for posting up to 1,500 tweets per month by content-producing bots.
The platform sees the API as being used by businesses, research programs and educational accounts, but also by members of the public and those looking to “experiment, explore, create and have fun”.
Still, at the equivalent of $60,000 per year, Twitter API Pro is unlikely to attract all the customers who are looking to graduate from the Basic plan given the huge jump in price.
Replies in the Twitter thread have users commenting on a price that may be out of budget for startups and others suggesting an elastic approach as seen by other cloud companies that offer pay-per-tweet. Let’s rather than define on the basis. level.