Twitter has launched a set of premium APIs, as part of a larger plan to roll out new premium endpoints, that will bring more capabilities than its standard APIs. Hitherto developers had access to Twitter data via standard APIs that provide basic query functionality and foundational access to Twitter data, and enterprise APIs (Gnip), which deliver real-time and historical data to power businesses at scale
This left a gap that made it difficult for growing businesses to deliver scalable solutions to their customers — Twitter premium APIs aim to bridge this gap.
“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. We’ve built these new products to enable innovation — whether a company is just getting started and building a proof of concept, or is an established company experimenting with new products and ideas,” explained Twitter’s senior product manager, Adam Tornes in a company post.
This development is good news for not only startups but also small and medium size enterprises in terms of leveraging Twitter to meet their marketing and business objectives.
The first premium offering is the Search Tweets API, which provides access to the past 30 days of Twitter data. Soon, Twitter will add an additional endpoint that will enable access to the full history of Twitter data, going all the way back to @jack’s (Jack Dorsey, CEO, Twitter) first tweet in 2006.
Twitter is also introducing a self-serve developer portal that gives more transparent access to data usage. The portal allows users to upgrade to increased levels of access and premium functionality depending on their needs.