Twitter, who decided to delay the launch of its new API due to the unforeseen hack in July that made headlines, is finally launching API v2.
Twitter’s API v2 was supposed to be launched in July, the day after the notorious Bitcoin scam hacking that affected thousands of Americans and the accounts of many high-profile persons. The latest API is the first complete rebuild of the social media platform’s API since 2012 and Twitter hopes it will aid in the resetting of the relationship between the company and its developer community, considering it began limiting third-party developers’ access on its product years ago.
The social media platform’s API v2 will serve as a tool for Twitter to deliver features faster and offer developers access to features that consumers had not used for a long while, which includes “conversation threading, poll results in Tweets, pinned Tweets on profiles, spam filtering, and a more powerful stream filtering and search query language.”
Twitter is reorganizing its API access in three levels and the first one, which launched today, is free and basic with limited API calls. The next level of access – named “elevated” – is expected to cost users, but Twitter has yet provided the exact price.
Twitter is also giving its avid users control over their conversations by giving them the ability to limit the replies on their tweet. They will have the option to choose who can reply like everyone, people they follow, or only the people they mention. “Starting today, everyone will be able to use these settings so unwanted replies don’t get in the way of meaningful conversations,” said Twitter’s director of product management, Suzanne Xie.
Twitter began testing this feature months ago when the platform’s research showed that people were more comfortable in limiting the replies in their tweets as it made them feel protected from spam and online abuse. Additionally, some users who already had access to the feature used less mute or block options.