Twitter has unveiled Twitter API Pro. With this, developers can fetch up to 1 million tweets monthly. In addition they can post an impressive 300,000 tweets monthly, and enjoy the coveted full archive search endpoint. These new pricing tiers were announced earlier this year at the behest of Twitter’s owner Elon Musk.
The company had initially made headlines with its decision to discontinue access to the free API tier. However, in a slight backtrack, it offered content provider bots access to 1,500 tweets per month free of charge.
The plan sits between the basic tier, priced at a mere $100 per month, and the enterprise tier, a staggering $42,000 per month investment. Twitter API Pro aims to cater to the specific needs of burgeoning startups on the cusp of growth.
It is not cheap
While the introduction of the Pro API tier addresses the concerns of some developers, the question of affordability looms large. The $60,000 per year may prove burdensome for startups operating on tight budgets.
Although the posting limit provided by the Pro tier may be adequate for certain bot-driven services, developers will undoubtedly find it hard to get sustained funding through subscriptions or donations to maintain their offerings in the long run.
Twitter has yet to offer a viable solution for researchers and academics seeking access to its platform. While the company has expressed its commitment to exploring alternative avenues to support these communities, definitive plans have yet to be announced.
Musk promises a comeback arc for Twitter
At a recent event, Elon Musk boldly proclaimed that Twitter is embarking on a remarkable “comeback arc” following a series of cost-cutting measures.
In a strategic move, the company recently appointed Linda Yaccarino to CEO. She was previously associated with NBCUniversal, and now becomes head of Twitter and its ambitious “everything app X.”
As Twitter moves forward with its foray into Twitter API Pro, it aims to address the needs of startups. At the same time, it is grappling with concerns surrounding accessibility and financial feasibility for developers and researchers alike.