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X Updates API to Phase Out Legacy Tiers and Endpoints

Social Network X, formerly Twitter, is making key changes to its API, including the deprecation of legacy endpoints and tiers. The overhaul could significantly increase costs for enterprise clients.

X Revamps API, Discontinues Legacy Tiers

The social network X, which was formerly known as Twitter, is once again shifting its API (Application Programming Interface) landscape, potentially causing disruptions and increased costs for developers and enterprise clients.

In a recent announcement, the company declared it would retire several of its legacy API endpoints while transferring others to the new v2 API. According to X, "These deprecations will allow us to continue building support for the latest X features with our v2 API."

X also mentioned the discontinuation of its legacy access tiers, namely Essential and Elevated. Customers utilizing these tiers will have to migrate to one of the new tiers: Free, Basic, Pro, or Enterprise, within the next 30 days.

Developers, particularly those on enterprise plans, could feel the pinch with these changes. Certain calls that previously did not count toward the monthly quota for enterprise customers will now be included in the usage limits. The enterprise plans come with substantial costs, ranging from $42,000 to $210,000 per month, depending on the tweet limits.

Apart from the API and tier modifications, X is also altering how news links appear on the platform by removing headlines and summary text from posts.

This is part of X's ongoing rebranding and strategic efforts to push high-value customers towards higher-paying tiers. Earlier this year, X had already strained its relationship with the developer community by blocking third-party apps and making drastic API changes.

While X’s API changes are positioned as a modernization effort, they also come with financial implications for developers and enterprise clients. Those affected should carefully review the new API documentation and consider how these changes will impact their operations and costs.