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Updated March 21st, 2024 at 11:03 IST

Elon Musk’s X introduces new top-up packs for developers' API

Last year, Elon Musk initiated changes by discontinuing free API access and introducing new paid tiers, with the basic level starting at $100 per month.

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Elon Musk | Image:Republic
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X API’s new top-up plans: Social network X, formerly known as Twitter, introduced new top-up packs for its developer API programme on Tuesday. These paid add-ons enable developers to access approximately 10,000 posts for $100 if they reach the limit of their existing tier midway through the month.

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Twitter API access levels and versions | Image credit: X.com

Last year, Elon Musk initiated changes by discontinuing free API access and introducing new paid tiers, with the basic level starting at $100 per month. Subsequently, the company introduced a Pro tier priced at $5,000 per month, offering higher limits.

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Previously, developers had no recourse if they reached the monthly limit for tweets. They were compelled to either wait until the next month or upgrade to a more expensive tier.

With the introduction of the new top-up feature, X outlined limitations on the number of upgrades developers can purchase. Those on the basic tier are limited to 10 top-ups, while those on the pro tier are capped at 5 top-ups per month.

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The adjustments to X's API had a major impact on the third-party developer ecosystem. Many tools, such as Tracy Chou’s Block Party, have shifted focus to other social platforms as a result.

These changes also affected researchers and their ability to analyse the platform's data. However, X was compelled to grant access to researchers in the EU due to the bloc’s Digital Services Act (DSA) regulations.

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Published March 21st, 2024 at 11:03 IST

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