It most likely goes with out saying, however Elon Musk’s present tenure as Twitter’s CEO has been fairly chaotic, and never within the enjoyable method. Between constantly changing things with none actual warning and attempting to get cash any method potential, the favored social media web site feels prefer it’s about to disintegrate at any second now, and he’s solely been CEO for three months. And it’s much more noticeable as a result of the person is desperately seeking to discover a technique to pay back his $44 billion acquisition any method potential.
Therefore the brand new change hitting on February 9, whereby Twitter will cease giving free access to its Application Program Interface (or API). As a substitute, researchers, app-makers and the like should pay a payment to entry what was beforehand a free, however restricted model of that interface. (As of 2022, entry to different options was priced at $99 or $1,899 a month, relying on the tier.) For the typical Twitter person, which means that third-party apps like Tweetbot could find yourself forking over money to proceed functioning; some have already stated they gained’t be paying the payment for their very own particular causes.
This additionally implies that a number of bots that you simply typically see on the positioning could find yourself going away as effectively. Bots have been why Musk was attempting to get out of buying Twitter within the first place, however quite a lot of them are harmless, goofy accounts that don’t have every other function past being informative or humorous. (As a fan of the Unhinged AO3 Tags and Dimension20 Quotes bots, I’m giving a tearful salute to them each.) They assist make Twitter what it’s, and it’ll be unhappy to see a few of them go.
For this week’s io9 Open Channel, we need to know what Twitter bots you’ll be mourning in a post-February 9 world.
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