Twitter Delays Shutdown Of Its Free API But Lays Down Limitations

Twitter made headlines last week when it opted to restrict access to its APIs, leaving developers dumbfounded and upset over the decision.

But today, the company has set forward some more details regarding the new changes made to its API. This would require many developers to pay up if they wish to keep on using the tools. However, now, it’s extending the date of its shutdown while shedding light on something more interesting.

The company mentioned in its latest update how they hope to enable a new type of free access that allows the development of Tweets. For this aspect, the figure has been outlined to be 1,500 each month.

This particular clarification means that many of the app’s so-called ‘good bots’ would be given a free hand to continue using it. And by good bots, we mean those serving as helpful resources on the app.

In the past, there was so much uncertainty linked to such accounts as leading bot makers refused to set aside money to pay for this feature. The outcries were loud and there were plenty. And it appears now that Twitter has been left with no choice but to carry on with an extension of the shutdown.

Still, experts claim that restricting the number of tweets to 1500 means it may still affect those accounts that have a habit of producing more tweets at a frequent rate. If you actually go and think of it, 1500 tweets each month totals up to 50 tweets per day. And those working at an active pace might not like it.
In the same way, the company shed light on how it hoped developers would take the news in a positive light and see the efforts the app is making for their benefit. As of now, the latest date highlighted for free access to Twitter’s APIs is February 13th.

After that particular deadline has crossed, developers would need to resort to the likes of the app’s paid basic tier. The fee for that is nearly $100 each month as confirmed by the company.

In the same way, Twitter says it would be ending the likes of its premium API tier. Instead, all subscribers will now be given a chance to apply for an Enterprise version of this particular service.

The platform is yet to weigh out any major options for its respective researchers that are making use of the platform’s developer tools set out for their projects.

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