Academics can apply for free access to historic Twitter data, so there is a use for the well of human misery after all Twitter is making public tweet data freely available to academic researchers in the hope the boffins can use it to make the world a better place.…
Twitter developers who don’t get enough data out of the social network’s free standard application-programming interfaces but don’t have room for the Gnip enterprise APIs in their budgets now have access to a middle ground.Today we’re launching Twitter premium APIs to kick off the next era of innovation for Twitter developers.These APIs provide a new transparent, predictable way to scale solutions on Twitter.— Twitter API (@TwitterAPI) November 14, 2017Senior product manager Adam Tornes introduced Twitter’s new premium APIs in a blog post, saying that the initiative will kick off with the public beta launch of the Search Tweets API Tuesday.Tornes said of the only two API options prior to Tuesday’s announcement that Twitter’s standard APIs offered “basic query functionality and foundational access” to Twitter data, while enterprise APIs give developers access to “real-time and historical data to power businesses at scale,” adding, “This left a gap that made it painful for growing businesses to deliver scalable solutions to customers—a concern that we’ve heard at developer events, in our forums and in conversations.
The company has now introduced premium APIs to bridge the gap between the free service and the enterprise-level tools it provides through Gnip.With it, developers will be able to access tweets as far back as CEO and cofounder Jack Dorsey’s inaugural tweet in 2006, a big upgrade from the previous limit of seven days.“The new premium APIs bring the reliability and stability of our enterprise APIs to our broader developer ecosystem for the first time,” wrote Adam Tornes, a senior product manager at Twitter.“They include a clear upgrade path that scales access and price to fit your needs.One of the most-cited issues to emerge was Twitter’s API rate limits and token restrictions.Plans for Twitter’s new premium APIs start at $149 per month and go all the way to $2,500.