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- Deprecation – APIs disappear regularly both communicated, and not so communicated, leaving consumers scratching their heads.
- Disappear – Companies regularly disappear specific API endpoints acting like they were never there in the first place.
- Acquisition – This is probably one of the most common ways in which high profile, successful APIs disappear.
- Rate Limits – You can always rate limit away users make APIs inaccessible, or barely usable for users, essentially making it go away.
- Error Rates – Inject elevated error rates either intentionally or unintentionally can make an API unusable to everyone or select audience.
- Pricing Tiers – You can easily be priced out of access to an API making it something that acts just like deprecating for a specific group.
- Versions – With rapid versioning, usually comes rapid deprecation of earlier versions, moving faster than some consumers can handle.
- Enterprise – APIs moving from free or paid tier, into the magical enterprise, “call us” tier is a common ways in which APIs go away.
- Dumb – The API should not have existed in the first place and some people just take a while to realize it, and then shut down the API.