Twitter – Twitter’s Latest API For Third-party Apps Is Now Available: Twitter (initially called Twitter) is an American microblogging and social networking service on which users post and interact with messages known as “tweets”. Registered users can post, like, and retweet tweets, but unregistered users can only read those that are publicly available. Users interact with Twitter through browser or mobile frontend software, or programmatically via its APIs. Prior to April 2020, services were accessible via SMS.
After the recent hack caused a delay, Twitter has launched its new API meant to improve third-party apps. Twitter’s API “has long taken a one-size-fits-all approach,” according to a post on Twitter Developer Blog, but Twitter developers said they’ve listened to feedback to make the API more scalable ad flexible to apps like Tweet Delete and Tweetbot.
Twitter reconstructed its foundation for the first time since 2012, according to the blog post. It swears the foundation makes a new API cleaner and easier to use. Twitter added features requested from developers such as “conversation threading, poll results in Tweets, pinned Tweets on profiles, spam filtering, and a more powerful stream filtering and search query language.”
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The latest API added three access levels: basic (which is free), elevated, and custom. Twitter’s API was divided into three different platforms, which required developers to transfer APIs as their product grew. Such transfer won’t be needed under the new system, the blog post said.
Another amazing feature is three new product tracks. Most developers will use the standard track, Twitter said, including “those just getting started, building something for fun, for a good cause, and to learn or teach.”
An update is definitely a different approach from what Twitter’s done regarding the third-party developers in the past, like its 2018 move to end support for developer tools. Still not sure whether developers will regain the ability to send push notifications and refresh users’ feeds. But Twitter seems persistent in keeping the API friendlier to developers in the future.