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Twitter expands API with support for posting and deleting tweets, Super Follows and more

Twitter expands API with support for posting and deleting tweets, Super Follows and more

Following its redesign in mid-2020, Twitter has been constantly improving its new API. Twitter Spaces support was recently introduced to the company’s developer platform. Today, it unveiling new endpoints that allow you to tweet, delete tweets, publish polls, use Reply settings, and tag people in photos, allowing developers to build better Twitter bots. According to the firm, it now supports the Super Follows feature, allowing developers to create solutions to help artists. While spam bots are unwelcome, Twitter has made it plain that it considers some bots beneficial. In September, the business unveiled a new label that would allow “good bots” properly identify themselves on the platform, for example.

Twitter is promoting the @vaxprogress bot and its creator, Brian Moore, who is also behind bots like @NYTIMESALLCAPS and @chernobylstatus and who, according to him, will be an early adopter of the new Twitter API v2 capabilities.

While polls and picture tagging will make tweets more participatory, Twitter’s new “manage tweets” endpoints will provide basic functionality, such as sending or deleting tweets for an authorized account. More twitter cleansing solutions, such as those that erase old tweets on behalf of their users or solutions that publish automated updates, such as the bots mentioned above, might enabled as a result.

Twitter expands API with support for posting and deleting tweets, Super Follows and more

The business is also expanding the new API to support its creator platform, Super Follows, in addition to enabling capabilities that will allow developers to send tweets and do more in terms of how those tweets work or what they include. Super Follows, which went live in September, allows users to show their support for their favorite producers on the site by subscribing to their unique material, such as member-only tweets and newsletters. Depending on how the creator sets up their Super Follow membership program, fans may also have access to private communities, specials, discounts, or other membership privileges, as well as a supporter badge.

Twitter is providing the option to share tweets with Super Followers via the API with the API modifications, allowing developers to create solutions that enable artists to monetize their Twitter fan network. While Super Follows is currently confined to a small number of artists, the potential audience for this feature is still small. However, Twitter has its sights set on the future, considering how third-party applications geared at artists may need to include support for sharing material across a range of networks, including Twitter.

Together, the upgrades enable developers to create platforms that allow users to directly access Twitter-native features such as chat management, polls, Super Follows, and other capabilities, which were previously impossible. This might also lead to better third-party Twitter applications. Much of the new functionality in the latest API release was prioritized based on user feedback, and Twitter has requested more feedback so it can better plan what to add next.