Twitter API Is Going Behind the Paywall

From CNET: Twitter is adding a fee to another previously free service next week: its application programming interface, or API. This gives people an automated way "to find and retrieve, engage with, or create" tweets, users, spaces, direct messages and more, according to Twitter.

"Starting February 9, we will no longer support free access to the Twitter API, both v2 and v1.1. A paid basic tier will be available instead," the Twitter Dev account tweeted Thursday. Twitter did not say how much access would cost.

The Twitter API is used by developers who create third-party tools on the platform and researchers who analyze the data in their work. The end of this free service with just a week's notice has people speculating that favorite Twitter bots will shut down when the charge goes into effect.

The change to the Twitter API will effectively kill "every free fun and useful thing ever built with it: bots, games, mashups, visualizations, research projects, autoposters, autoblockers, deleters, and so much more," Andy Baio, former chief technical officer of Kickstarter, posted to Mastodon.

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