March 25, 2023

It’s a sad day for our favorite gimmicky Twitter accounts, as we may soon have to say goodbye to them. Late Wednesday night, the official Twitter Developer account announced that the platform will stop offering free access to the platform’s API (Application Programming Interface) on February 9.

Access to Twitter API v1.1 and v2 will soon be replaced with a “paid basic level”, which may further cripple third-party support. Twitter API (opens in new tab) allows third-party developers to access publicly available Twitter data to create bots or apps for the site. We’re not just talking about bots like RemindMe_OfThis that basically remind users of tweets they come across; researchers have used the API in the past to track hate speech online (opens in new tab).