Twitter has announced a new “Twitter API Pro” tier for developers at $5,000 monthly. It offers monthly access to one million retrieved tweets and 300,000 posted tweets at the app level and also includes rate-limited access to endpoints for real-time filtered streams. “Experiment, build, and scale your business with 1M Tweets per month, including our powerful real-time Filtered/Stream and Full Archive Search endpoints,” wrote Twitter Dev.
???? Calling all start-ups ????
Today we are launching our new access tier, Twitter API Pro!
Experiment, build, and scale your business with 1M Tweets per month, including our powerful real-time Filtered/Stream and Full Archive Search endpoints. We look forward to seeing what you…
— Twitter Dev (@TwitterDev) May 25, 2023
Twitter API Pro: A Middle Tier
The developers and founders have argued that the company should introduce a middle tier between Basic and Enterprise for startups that can’t afford to spend nearly half a million dollars annually. Henceforth, the new tier sits between the $100 per month basic tier and the $42,000 per month enterprise tier. Now, the available levels consist of a foundational ‘free’ tier designed for content posting bots, a ‘basic’ tier priced at $100 per month, and a high-end ‘enterprise’ tier at a higher cost.
A lot of talk is going on the pricing right after the launch. A user commented: “That’s cool, but you already killed most Twitter apps by now. And 5K is still too much for most of us. A 1K plan could make sense… but then again it’s too late.” Another user replied: “5k is like half of our monthly budget as a startup… quite out of touch pricing.”
Dissatisfaction Among Developers
Twitter has indeed made some changes over the years that have caused dissatisfaction among developers who relied on its platform. For example, Twitter has restricted access to certain APIs and implemented stricter guidelines for third-party applications. These changes have made it more difficult for developers to build and integrate their own services with Twitter.
Also read: Bots With Good Content Can Use Twitter’s API for Free; Says Elon Musk