Posts Tagged: Twitter

Designing API Usage Guidelines For Bot Clients

In the spring of 2017, Twitter published a series of guidelines for automated API users utilizing bots. These guidelines were created to help control the intent, actions, and result of bots on the service. Accordingly, there was some discussion about just what these guidelines did and didn’t do, and how valuable such a set of guidelines were. Read more

Best Practices for API Error Handling

Best Practices for API Error Handling

Error codes are almost the last thing that you want to see in an API response. Generally speaking, it means one of two things — something was so wrong in your request or your handling that the API simply couldn’t parse the passed data, or the API itself has so many problems that even the most well-formed request is going to fail. Read more

Developer Center

7 Ingredients That Make Up a Superb Developer Center

What is a consistent attribute across successful API programs? They all have awesome developer portals. Good API documentation is easy to navigate and understand, but the best, shining developer center pushes onboarding and actual implementation to new levels of usability, to the point where integrating the API becomes as simple as cake — well, at least as simple as technically possible. Read more

Twitter’s 10 Year Struggle with Developer Relations

In September 2006, only a few months into its existence, Twitter came out with the first version of its public API. This was surprisingly early in an age when social APIs were not yet prevalent, especially since Twitter had yet to become the success story that seems so obvious in hindsight. Read more

Stemming the Flood – How to Rate Limit an API

If an API is implemented correctly, the number of users utilizing a service can be staggering. Millions of users and devices connect to the internet every day, utilizing APIs to perform calculations, convert media, and even help cure cancer.

The API developer’s dream come true, however, can also be a nightmare. Read more