Developer know what they will face after Twitter’s Cancelling Free Access to its API Twitter has announced that, as of February 9th, it’s cutting off free access to its API, which is the access point that many, many apps, bot accounts, and other tools used to function.
That means that a heap of Twitter after analytics apps, management tools, schedulers, automated updates – a range of key info and insight options will soon cease to function. This seems like the sort of thing that, if you were Twitter, you’d want to keep on your app.
Twitter’s Cancelling Free Access to its API
But that’s not really how Twitter 2.0 is looking to operate – in a bid to rake in as much revenue as absolutely possible, in any way that it can, Twitter will now look to charge all of these apps and tools. But most, I’d hazard a guess, will simply cease to function.
The bigger business apps already pay for full API access – your Hootsuite and your Sprout Socials – so they’ll likely be unaffected. But it could stop them from offering free plans, which would have a big impact on their business models.
The announcement follows Twitter’s recent API change which cut off a heap of Twitter posting tools, in order, seemingly, to stop users from accessing the platform through a third-party UI.
Now, even more, Twitter tools will go extinct, a broad spread of apps and functions that contribute to the real-time ecosystem that Twitter has become. Their loss, if that’s what happens, will have big impact on overall Twitter activity.
On the other hand, some will see this as another element in Twitter’s crackdown on bots, which Twitter chief Elon Musk has made a personal mission to eradicate. Musk has taken some drastic measures to kill off bots, some of which are having an impact, but Musk himself has also admitted that such efforts are reducing overall platform engagement.
This, too, could be a killer in this respect
It’ll also open the door to Twitter competitors, as many automated update apps will switch to other platforms. This relates to things like updates on downtime from video games, weather apps, and more. There are also tools like GIF generators and auto responders – there’s a range of tools that could now look for a new home on Mastodon, or some other Twitter replicant.
In this respect, it seems like a flawed move, which is also largely ignorant of how the developer community has facilitated Twitter’s growth.