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The new Twitter API incorporates the latest functions added to the social network and will enable specific access for academics

Last July, Twitter released the new version of its API, known as 'Twitter API v2', which involved a complete reconstruction of this interface, launched for the first time in 2012 and which allows to develop applications based on this social network.

In recent days, however, the company has announced several new features that will be implemented in the API from now on and throughout the next year. Your 'roadmap' is accessible on Trello.

New functions

If already in July the API incorporated new elements implemented in the social network, such as spam filtering, polls or pinned tweets, is now incorporating new features such as the possibility of indicating who can reply to each tweet, through a field in the object 'Tweet' called 'reply_settings'.

To that are added other specific API functions, such as the option to show the timeline of individual accounts or from collect tweets that mention a certain account.

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In these first months, developers will be able to access 100 tweets of those timelines in each requestThe first timeline (the user's) being limited in total to the 3,200 most recent tweets and the second (the mentions) to 800. Both will count towards the monthly tweet limit in standard basic access, which is 500,000.

In addition, the way of accessing the relationships of an account (that is, the list of accounts that follow a specific user, or the list of accounts that a user follows) has also been reformed, now allowing to extract the information in a single request to the API, instead of forcing the developer to chain several.

New access modalities

Lastly, alongside standard API access, Twitter plans to create an access directed to academic research (for "teachers, activists, artists, etc"), which will offer a higher monthly limit of free access to the API, as well as improved features for more accurate and complete data.

"Today, academic researchers are one of the largest groups of people using the Twitter API to study the public conversation and understand what is happening. Our goal is to further support this work, so we are developing a solution tailored to specific research needs ".

By last, the API access business mode you will see streamlined and simplified its use, facilitating the request companies a broader access to the data.

Good news for developers of Twitter-based apps, after several years marked by all kinds of rudeness by the company, including blocking access to the API to other companies or canceling its developer conference.

Via | AdWeek & TechCrunch