Twitter launches premium APIs, starting with historical search to give developers more tweets per request, higher rate limits, and more complex queries (Ken Yeung/VentureBeat)

Twitter launches premium APIs, starting with historical search to give developers more tweets per request, higher rate limits, and more complex queries (Ken Yeung/VentureBeat)

Twitter is offering a solution for developers who are angry about limitations imposed on their apps when they use the service’s free APIs. The company has now introduced premium APIs to bridge the gap between the free service and the enterprise-level tools it provides through Gnip.

Available today in public beta is the first tool from the new API: historical search. 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. In addition, rolling out over the “coming weeks” will be support for additional tweets per request, higher rate limits, more complex queries, and more.

“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. We’ve built these new products to enable innovation.”

Twitter’s API rate limit has been a headache for developers since a 2012 blog post when the company declared that developers need permission if their apps would “require more than 100,000 individual user tokens.” This issue was again raised during Twitter’s 2015 #HelloWorld tour, in which Dorsey apologized for the company’s rocky relationship with developers and invited them to submit their specific concerns. 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. This is a marked difference from the company’s Gnip offering, as it lets developers pay monthly instead of annually. Here are the specifics for the premium APIs:

Up to 500 requests/period: $149/month Up to 1,000 requests/period: $289/month Up to 2,500 requests/period: $699/month Up to 5,000 requests/period: $1,299/month Up to 10,000 requests/period: $2,499/month

With the premium APIs, developers can receive 500 tweets per request, 1024-character query length (up from 256), 60 requests per minute, and 10 requests per second, along with URL, polling, and public geo enrichments.

“There’s a huge gap, where if you’re a developer building something with Twitter’s free API, you’ll start to reach the rate limit and restrictions and can only go so far. Today, if you outgrow the free product, you have very few options. You can … upgrade to the enterprise-level offering, but it’s incredibly expensive and resource-intensive,” shared a Twitter spokesperson. “Enterprise-level APIs have been out of reach for the

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Twitter launches premium APIs, starting with historical search to give developers more tweets per request, higher rate limits, and more complex queries (Ken Yeung/VentureBeat)