Elon Musk-owned Twitter has unveiled a new tier called 'Twitter API Pro' tailored specifically for startups. This upgraded Application Programming Interface (API) service comes with a price tag of $5,000 per month and offers a range of enhanced functionalities for developers.
Startups utilizing Twitter API Pro can now enjoy a variety of benefits. They will have the ability to fetch approximately one million tweets per month, post up to 300,000 tweets per month, and gain access to the comprehensive archive search endpoint. These powerful features are designed to help startups experiment, build, and scale their businesses effectively.
The announcement was made via Twitter's official developer account, Twitter Dev, where they encouraged developers to take advantage of the new access tier. They emphasized the real-time filtered/stream and full archive search endpoints, highlighting their potential for business growth.
The news generated mixed reactions from users on Twitter. Some expressed concerns over the pricing, stating that $5,000 per month may be unaffordable for most startups. Suggestions were made for lower-priced plans to cater to a wider range of users.
Despite the mixed response, Twitter continues to expand its paid API platform. In March, they introduced different access tiers, including a 'free' tier for content posting bots, a 'basic' tier priced at $100 per month, and an 'enterprise' tier for high-end requirements.
The introduction of 'Twitter API Pro' demonstrates Twitter's commitment to providing startups with valuable resources. However, concerns regarding pricing and trust among developers remain important factors to consider. As the platform evolves, it will be interesting to see how these developments shape the relationship between Twitter and the developer community.