In July, Twitter introduced the Twitter API v2, marking a complete overhaul of its application programming interface. The update was officially launched in August. This week the social network shared some of its plans for 2021.
An academic research product track will be released early next year, offering qualified academic researchers a significantly higher monthly tweet volume cap, as well as endpoints and advanced features to provide more accurate and complete data for public conversation analysis.
Twitter wrote in a blog post this week: “Today, academic researchers are one of the largest groups of people using the Twitter API to examine the public conversation and understand what is happening. Our goal is to support even more of this work. That is why we develop a solution that is tailored to the research needs. Over the past few weeks, select scientists on our platform have helped us improve this by participating in a private beta of a new academic research product path. “
The social network also plans to streamline and simplify the process for companies using the API with its business product track. This begins with a track for business use cases, with which companies can apply for increased access.
Twitter wrote, “Many thousands of developers have already started using the Twitter API v2 with basic access to the standard product trail. We know that some developers need higher levels of access before they can dig deeper into new endpoints – teachers, activists, and artists, to name a few. Before we finish building, we plan to offer elevated access paths in the standard product lane. We also know that you need more features to fully build. As such, we will continue to release updates for existing endpoints and add support for new Twitter features (like the hidden reply endpoint) and other new features like OAuth 2. “
The social network concluded, “The new Twitter API will move from its current early access phase to general access when we are certain that all types of developers can successfully migrate to the new API, including the endpoints and access levels that you need. We plan to devote plenty of time and resources to the migration to help when we announce upcoming write-offs. “