As of February 9.. Twitter shuts down a free service it offers to developers

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Free services that rely on Twitter’s software tools are losing their raison d’être after the online service revealed it would only provide paid access to its API from February 9. Developers have long been able to access platform APIs for free, at least to a limited extent, deeper integration costs money.

According to yesterday’s tweets, Twitter initially didn’t provide any details on the future pricing pattern, but only blocked the ability to get more information over the course of the next week.

A tweet yesterday morning read: Starting February 9, we will no longer support free access to the Twitter API and versions 2 and 1.1 will instead have a basic paid level.

With interface access, a system of useful applications and services has been developed in recent years. For example, screenshots of tweets are taken, making it easier to read threads from different posts or collect tweets that were later deleted.

Charging Twitter to access its interfaces may mean that services will have to solicit money from users. These business models are challenging because willingness to pay online is quite low.

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