American microblogging and social networking platform Twitter Inc. has reportedly unveiled the long-awaited API (Application Programming Interface) software to help third-party developers, academics, and other businesses to develop and launch new features faster. Sources close to the matter stated that the company had delayed the launch after several high-profile accounts were hacked.
The new API v2 provides early access to features such as search query language, stream and spam filtering, pinned Tweets, poll results and conversation threading, sources claimed. Third-party developers such as Twitterrific and Tweetbot can also access real-time tweet streams instead of waiting for new tweets.
These developers could replicate and customize the Twitter experience on their own clients following which the company planned to not divide its user base while focusing more on advertising affairs. In fact, Twitter blocked third-party developers from receiving new features such as group DMs as well as polls and encouraged users towards its own apps.
Experts cite that Twitter is reorganizing its API access on all three levels. Earlier, Twitter’s API was divided into three platforms namely, standard, premium and enterprise.
The new API apparently replaces these existing tiers with product tracks on a single platform which are then split into various tiers for access. The recent launch is the only free level and developers have restrictions to how many API calls they can make.
Experts further claimed that Twitter calls the next level of access as ‘elevated’ and although it will cost users, it will not comprise of similar limitations. However, the company failed to disclose the prices just yet.
Notably, the new API v2 is the first rebuild of Twitter API since 2012, a time when company began limiting how third-party developers were able to build on its product.
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