New York (The Verge) — Twitter launches new API as it tries to make amends with third-party developers theverge.com/2020/8/12/2136….
Twitter is launching an updated version of its API. It announced the news earlier this year but delayed the launch because of the hack. In addition to the new API, Twitter is trying to repair relations with its third-party developer community, including builders of third-party Twitter clients like Tweetbot and Twitterrific.
The API v2 is the first complete rebuild of Twitter’s API since 2012, when the company famously began limiting how third-party developers could build on its product. Prior to this, outside developers could more or less replicate and customize the Twitter experience in their own clients. But as Twitter focused more on its advertising business, it apparently decided it didn’t want to split its user base. It began slowly squeezing out third-party devs, blocking them from new features like polls and group DMs, and shepherding users toward the company’s own apps. Businesses were killed and developers weren’t happy. — James Vincent/@verge