Twitter’s newest replace will make third get together apps higher

Twitter is working on new features, including mixed-media tweets, report shows


Twitter introduced an replace on Friday that ought to considerably enhance the expertise inside third-party Twitter apps: it’s giving builders way more entry to its reverse chronological timeline. This replace to Twitter’s lately launched API v2, the interface that builders use to get knowledge from Twitter, is a brand new (and, in my view, encouraging) step in Twitter’s journey to higher assist builders.

As Twitter notes in its announcement publish, the brand new API v2 characteristic provides builders a strategy to “retrieve the latest Tweets and Retweets posted by the authenticated consumer and the accounts they comply with.” In different phrases, a developer can ask to see the information that Twitter exhibits you whenever you load up the primary get together app with the “Newest Tweets” possibility chosen, so their app can present it to you as an alternative.

For third get together purchasers like Tweetbot, the characteristic (or “endpoint” in developer parlance) is a really welcome one. Paul Haddad, one in every of Tweetbot’s builders, is quoted in Twitter’s announcement as saying that the outdated strategy to get a consumer’s time line “is one in every of our most used API calls.” The outdated model of the API was launched in 2012, so it was undoubtedly getting lengthy within the tooth — and builders utilizing it confronted extra limits when making an attempt to get a consumer’s timeline.

In an e mail to The Verge, Haddad defined that the change will make Tweetbot extra responsive for customers. “We’ll merely have the ability to refresh the timeline extra usually and permit customers to scroll a lot additional again of their timeline,” because of the truth that API v2 lets builders make extra requests in just a few methods. The outdated model, API v1.1, allow you to request the house timeline 15 occasions in a 15 minute window, and will return as much as 800 tweets. API v2 helps as much as 180 requests per consumer in that very same timeframe, and retrieves 3,200 tweets.

From a growth standpoint, he says, it makes issues a lot easier. “We presently use the v1.1 dwelling timeline API to get a listing of Tweets after which v2 APIs to fill in any v2 particular knowledge (polls, playing cards, metrics, and many others…). With this new v2 model we will get all that knowledge in a single step.”

All through v2’s rollout (it went into testing in 2020, and was launched as the principle strategy to interface with Twitter late final yr), Twitter has made one factor very clear: it’s making an attempt to make amends with builders, after years of creating new options unique to its first get together app. The corporate even eliminated restrictions from its phrases of service that made it tougher for third get together purchasers to compete with the official app, reminiscent of limits to the variety of customers they may have.

Discuss is affordable, and it wouldn’t be stunning if some builders weren’t certain whether or not Twitter was truly dedicated. However with Friday’s announcement, the corporate appears to be displaying that it’s persevering with the pattern of giving builders entry to essential options, and Haddad says that it’s “noteworthy” that Twitter truly constructed and launched a house timeline API for v2. “There’s a variety of makes use of for this API however a giant one is for third-party Twitter purchasers to be Twitter purchasers. The truth that they launched this is a sign that they’re going to proceed to permit and even encourage various purchasers.”


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