Twitter premium APIs for developers: All you want to know

The new premium APIs bring the reliability and stability of Twitter's enterprise APIs to its broader developer ecosystem for the first time.

By Zee Media Bureau | Updated: Nov 15, 2017, 16:29 PM IST
Twitter premium APIs for developers: All you want to know

New Delhi: Micro-blogging platform Twitter has introduced premium APIs (application programming interfaces). The new premium APIs bring the reliability and stability of Twitter's enterprise APIs to its broader developer ecosystem for the first time.

They include a clear upgrade path that scales access and price to fit the developer's needs.

Adam Tornes, Data Product Management at Twitter tweeted:

Earlier, the developer platform provided two types of access to Twitter data: Standard (free and public) APIs and enterprise APIs (Gnip) which deliver real-time and historical data to power businesses at scale.

Twitter also introduced a new self-serve developer portal that gives the developers more transparent access to their data usage.

"We've built these new products to enable innovation a" whether you're just getting started and building a proof of concept, or are an established company experimenting with new products and ideas," Tornes said in a blog post.

Here is the Full Text of his blog.

In the spring, we laid out a vision for our API platform and published a public roadmap. We made a commitment to give you, our developer community, a unified platform with scalable access to Twitter data. We also promised more predictability so that you can confidently build businesses with Twitter. Today we’re excited to deliver the next big piece of these commitments with Twitter premium APIs.

Before today, our developer platform provided two types of access to Twitter data:

    our standard (free and public) APIs that provide basic query functionality and foundational access to Twitter data, and
    our enterprise APIs (Gnip), which deliver real-time and historical data to power businesses at scale.

However, this left a gap that made it painful for growing businesses to deliver scalable solutions to customers — a concern that we’ve heard at developer events, in our forums, and in conversations. You’ve also asked us to make it easier to innovate and test new ideas.

Today, with the introduction of Twitter premium APIs, we are bridging this gap to help you tap into what’s happening, as you grow.

The new premium APIs bring the reliability and stability of our enterprise APIs to our broader developer ecosystem for the first time. They include a clear upgrade path that scales access and price to fit your needs. We’ve built these new products to enable innovation — whether you’re just getting started and building a proof of concept, or are an established company experimenting with new products and ideas.  

Historical search

Launching today in public beta, our first premium offering is the Search Tweets API, which provides access to the past 30 days of Twitter data. Soon, we’ll add an additional endpoint that will enable access to the full history of Twitter data, going all the way back to @jack’s first Tweet in 2006.

These premium Search endpoints provide functionality beyond what’s available in our standard search/Tweets endpoint, including:

    more Tweets per request
    higher rate limits
    a counts endpoint that returns time-series counts of Tweets
    more complex queries
    metadata enrichments, such as expanded URLs and improved profile geo information

For years, our enterprise customers have been using historic access to discover trends, analyze events, enable customer exploration, and more. We’re excited to extend this functionality to our broader developer community.

To make it easy for you to adjust your use as your needs evolve, our premium APIs include flexible month-to-month contracts and scaled tiers of access based on the number of requests. Pricing for these elevated tiers of the Search Tweets API starts at $149/month. To ensure it’s easy to get started, our premium APIs also include limited access within a free sandbox.