Airlines abandon Twitter customer service amid high API fees

Airlines, Air France, KLM, and Ryanair no longer offer customer service support using Twitter’s direct message functionality. Twitter was an online customer support hub for many years. The social network offered low-friction access to a large user base and inbuilt brand identity confirmation. When Twitter changed the blue checks from identity verification into a paid product, one of those factors was lost. We’ve seen real problems from Twitter brand impersonation already. In November 2022, a blue check-clad account impersonating insulin maker Eli Lilly, Tweeted, “We are excited to announce insulin is free now.” That was a joke, not someone trying to defraud customers. Risk to customers and reputation is not the only reason airlines are shying away from answering support requests on Twitter. At the direction of Elon Musk, Twitter now charges incredibly high fees for access to its API (application programming interface), allowing third-party developers to build tools to interact with Twitter.  Twitter’s API is necessary for customer support tools with industry-standard tracking to interface with the social network. Image: Pexels Twitter’s new enterprise API access now starts at $42,000 a month. The cost climbed so high that Microsoft dropped Twitter from its advertising platform due to the API rate hike. Customers can obviously still contact customer service for each of these airlines. Twitter is a publishing ecosystem with creators, advertisers, and consumers. Brands were no one’s favorite part of Twitter, but the ability to access customer support was a value add for users.  The party most hurt by Twitter’s decisions is Twitter. I’ve never seen…Airlines abandon Twitter customer service amid high API fees

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