Twitter announced Tuesday that it is making its API free to use for accounts posting public announcements such as weather alerts, transportation information, and emergency warnings.
The company said that verified government or public-owned services posting about public utility alerts will be eligible for free API usage.
The social network announced its. It placed a 1,500 tweets per month limit on free API tier users and 3,000 tweets per month limit on $100 basic tier users. These restrictions were not enough for public service announcement accounts.
As a result,account tweeted last month that its ability to post automated tweets had been limited. New York’s Metro Transit Service (MTS) also said that it will operated through various accounts.
The change in API pricing has had a massive effect on several tools. In April, Microsoft removedfrom its social media sharing tool for advertisers. At the same time, Flipboard that its Twitter integration had stopped working.
Last week, WordPressthat users won’t be able to automatically share their posts to Twitter using the Jetpack Social product.
While. has made API usage free for certain government-run services, there is no clarity on the future of that relied on Twitter to manage the situation.