It’s been a while since I wrote about that social network, Twitter, which is melting slowly. Since the last PSA, Twitter has disabled all third-party clients and now charging for the API (Application Programming Interface) used in many WordPress blog post sharing and Twitter to Mastodon Autoposter.
This Twitter API rug pull can impact most, if now all, Anime Bloggers that use automated tools. On February 9th, apps will stop working unless the application owner pays for access to Twitter’s API. Things like Jetpack Social (for Twitter), Twitter sharing plugins, or WordPress and Twitter to Mastodon auto post tools will stop functioning. This is because the developers are very unlikely to pay for access to the Twitter API, as the monthly cost will likely be high. With Twitter’s future in question, I don’t think too many will pay for access unless they really need it.
With that, it’s time to consider leaving Twitter and using alternatives like Mastodon. I have stressed this several times. Twitter will never be the same, especially now, with adverse changes such as banning third-party clients and charging for API access while boosting extremist accounts.