Washington, May 22: Twitter announced an update on Friday that will significantly improve the experience of third-party Twitter applications. This gives developers much more access to the reverse chronological timeline. This update to the recently released API v2 on Twitter is the interface that developers use to download data from Twitter, a new step for Twitter in its journey to better developer support.
As Twitter notes in its post, the new feature of API v2 gives developers a way to “retrieve the latest tweets and retweets posted by the verified user and the accounts that follow.” In other words, the developer may want to see the data that Twitter shows you when you load the app on the first page with the “Latest Tweets” option selected, so that its app can show it to you instead, according to The Verge. Parag Agraval, CEO of Twitter, announces a flexible work culture for employees, saying you can work from home forever or from the office every day.
This feature is very welcome for third party customers like Tweetbot. One of the developers of Tweetbot, Paul Haddad, quoted in a Twitter message that the old way of getting the user’s timeline is “one of our most frequently used API calls.” The older version of the API was introduced in 2012, where developers who used it faced limitations when trying to get the user’s timeline.
In an email to The Verge, Hadad explained that the change would make Tweetbot more responsive to users. “We’ll just be able to refresh the timeline more often and allow users to scroll much further back in their timeline.” From a development perspective, he says, it makes things a lot easier. “We are currently using the v1.1 home timeline API to get a list of Tweets and then the v2 API to populate specific v2 data (surveys, maps, metrics, etc.). With this new version v2 we can get all this data in one step. “
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