Why is Twitter building APIs for developers?

Twitter API platform has developers’ back

Gabriela Motroc

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Twitter has decided to unify their API platform to “make it easier for developers to build new applications that can smoothly scale as they grow.” Why is Twitter building APIs for developers? Let’s find out.

Andy Piper, Staff Developer Advocate at Twitter just announced that the company is unifying their API platform to “make it easier for developers to build new applications that can smoothly scale as they grow.” The tech giant is also launching new APIs and endpoints which enable developers to build on Twitter’s attributes to create better experiences for businesses.

Why is Twitter building APIs for developers?

Piper explained that one of the goals of the API platform is to enable the company to encourage innovation. They are also launching new APIs and refining existing endpoints in order to help developers innovate for businesses.

By supporting developers who are building to address unique business needs, we’ll create new sources of revenue and a better experience for everyone. The value created through these efforts is ultimately good for anyone building on our platform, as it will fund the investments that will support the innovations of tomorrow.

Do you need an easy way to smoothly scale access to Twitter’s APIs?

Later this year, the company will be launching “a new developer experience that combines the free and easy access of the standard REST and streaming APIs with the enterprise-grade power and reliability of Gnip [they built a suite of enterprise-grade APIs for the world’s largest software companies to create solutions with Twitter data].”

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This translates into:

  • Unified API experience: APIs will be streamlined, so developers will no longer have to contend with different access and delivery protocols as they scale.
  • Scalable access: All of these APIs will provide tiers of access — free access for testing new ideas and building new products; self-serve, paid access that provides increased functionality and rate limits to scale as you grow; and enterprise level access that offers the most powerful functionality for our largest and most strategic developer partners.
  • Predictability: Features and costs will be clearly defined at each tier so users can determine the right level of access for their needs.

Check out the new API platform roadmap if you want to find out what Twitter is building.

Gabriela Motroc
Gabriela Motroc was editor of and JAX Magazine. Before working at Software & Support Media Group, she studied International Communication Management at the Hague University of Applied Sciences.

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