Twitter launches new API to make way for new features


In a major move, Twitter has unveiled a new Application Programming Interface (API) to help businesses, academics and third-party developers build and launch new features faster. The new Twitter “API v2” offers third-party developers early-stage access to features like conversation threading, poll results in Tweets, pinned Tweets on profiles, spam filtering, and a more powerful stream filtering and search query language.

The API v2 is the first complete rebuild of Twitter’s API since 2012.

The new API system puts different products on the same platform, each with different access levels. Researchers use Twitter’s API for several purposes, from gauging flood levels from tweets to tracking the spread of online hate speech.

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The earlier Twitter’s API was split into three platforms: standard (free), premium (self-serve paid), and enterprise (custom paid). The new API replaces these tiers with “product tracks” in a single platform, with these products then split into the different tiers of access, the report said.

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