Twitter announced on Thursday its first major API (Application Programming Interface) update in eight years, with new features designed to help third-party developers and broader access to all types of developers.
The now available Twitter API v2 Early Access includes access to features that developers have requested, such as: B. conversation threading, survey results, tweets pinned to profiles, spam filtering and more.
The new API enables multiple levels of access for all types of developers, regardless of whether they are students, companies, bot developers or academic researchers.
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Twitter said it was particularly keen to better accommodate researchers in the future with free, elected access for qualified researchers, as they make up a significant percentage of the developer ecosystem. The Twitter API v2 will enable more academic research to understand people's attitudes to coronavirus, climate change, and hate speech.
There is also a new developer portal that makes it easier for developers to access their apps and better understands their data access.
For ordinary Twitter users, the Twitter API v2 will help improve the functionality of the platform as developers have more access to more features. According to Ian Cairns, Twitter's chief product officer, API developers can go beyond what Twitter has to offer.
"Part of our hope is that developers can develop tools that scale behavior (hate speech), such as an algorithm that can automatically hide (hateful) responses," Cairns said during a press conference.
In the past, developers used the Twitter API to develop the first mobile Twitter app, identify government-sponsored misinformation campaigns, and even coined the word “tweet”. With more developer access, individual Twitter users can soon expect more updates and new features for the platform.
Twitter launched the public API in 2006 to invite developers to help shape the future of the platform. The last API update from Twitter was in 2018, when a review process was introduced for those who want to access the API. For this update, interested developers had to register on the Twitter developer portal and provide further details and information about their plans for the API.