Twitterbots: the end or a new era?

Things are about to change.

Posted 3 years ago in

Back in April last year Twitter announced upcoming changes to their platform, mainly the launch of the new Account Activity API. As we learned from following blog posts, this would also mean deprecation of some existing endpoints.

And today we have some more details on what’s changing.

You can see the full details in this blog post, but here are some of the highlights relevant to botmakers:

  • a new app registration process: you need to apply for a developer account, you can only create 10 apps (you can apply to lift this limit)
  • new rate limits for POST endpoints
  • and also new default app-level rate limits

Most of these changes are pretty reasonable and necessary, but will create a lot of extra work for active botmakers and possibly also discourage newcomers.

It will also be interesting to see if this will indeed make Twitter a safer platform, since there are other ways to make bots on Twitter other than the API. We have to wait and see the full impact of these changes, but if you have already made a few bots and don’t plan on migrating them, this might be a good opportunity to add them to Botwiki. And if you do plan to stick with Twitter, you can help us test our new starter project.

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Update: August 22, 2019:


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