Latest Twitter update to improve third-party programs
Washington, May 22: On Friday, Twitter announced an update that would significantly improve the performance of other Twitter programs. This gives developers much more access to the reverse chronological scale. This update to the recently released API v2 from Twitter is an interface that developers use to retrieve data from Twitter, a new step for Twitter towards better developer support.
As Twitter notes in its post, the new API v2 feature gives developers the ability to “receive the latest tweets and retweets posted by authenticated users and the accounts they subscribe to.” In other words, the developer may ask to see the data that Twitter shows you when you download first-party software with the “Latest Tweets” option selected so that their app can show you them instead, according to The Verge. Threshold Agraval, CEO of Twitter, announces a flexible work culture for employees, saying you can work from home or the office every day.
This feature is very welcome for other customers such as Tweetbot. One of the developers of Tweetbot, Paul Haddad, quoted in a Twitter message that the old way to get a user timeline is “one of our most commonly used API calls.” An older version of the API was introduced in 2012 when developers who used it faced limitations when trying to get a user timeline.
In an email to The Verge, Haddad explained that the change will make Tweetbot more responsive to users. “We’ll just be able to update the timeline more often and allow users to scroll much further back in their timeline.” In terms of development, he says, it makes things a lot easier. “We currently use the Home Timeline API version 1.1 to get a list of tweets and then the v2 API to fill in any specific v2 data (polls, cards, metrics, etc.). With this new v2 version we can get all this data in one step. “
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