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  1. alt text via API

    Images in tweets should have their alt text available via API. Make it obvious. Here is where I would have expected to find it: https://developer.twitter.com/en/docs/tweets/data-dictionary/overview/entities-object#media

    27 votes
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    acknowledged  ·  3 comments  ·  GET Tweets  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  2. Add a filter to return only currently promoted tweets

    Currently there is no way to only return promoted tweets. With a "filter:promoted" filter option, it would be possible to only return promoted tweets combined with other search terms.

    This feature would help researchers and increase ad transparency.

    17 votes
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    0 comments  ·  GET Tweets  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  3. API to report abuse/inappropriate content

    I suggest that the report features extend to API users. Report abuse is only available for individuals who get exposed to, click, and decide to report a tweet/account.

    A lot of inappropriate content is unfortunately on twitter. Perhaps I could categorize into 4 types:
    (1) inappropriate language: hate speech, harassment (bullying, sexual harassment)
    (2) inappropriate image: pornography, graphic violence
    (3) intention for inappropriate and harmful activities: intention to commit a crime (shooting, bomb, individual or mass threats), sell inappropriate products and services (prostitution, drugs - not debating if it is illegal or not, but I think twitter shouldn't be the…

    39 votes
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    under review  ·  7 comments  ·  General features  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  4. Allow access to DM group conversations via Twitter API

    Currently we can access 1on1 DM via Twitter API but not group conversations. If we forcibly set the group's conversation_id, Twitter API returns forbidden. Allow this.
    ref
    https://developer.twitter.com/en/docs/direct-messages/sending-and-receiving/api-reference/new-event

    42 votes
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  5. Build an API to create and retrieve Tweet threads

    Tweet threads have become increasingly popular over the past few years. This API would enable developers to tap into the potential of threads by programmatically creating threads, as well as retrieving all Tweets in a thread.

    38 votes
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    under review  ·  5 comments  ·  General features  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  6. Add Endpoint to get retweet with comment aka 'Quote tweet'

    Create endpoint for get "quote tweets" by other to Tweets authored by the user. Like endpoint statuses/retweetsofme.

    9 votes
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    6 comments  ·  General features  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  7. Twitter should provide more granular app permissions

    Twitter currently offers three levels of app permissions: (1) read only; (2) read and write; (3) read, write and access Direct Messages. These options are not granular enough for some developers, and developers would like more options to choose from.

    For example, an app’s “write” permission could be segmented into more granular options: (1) write access to a user’s profile; (2) write access to a user’s network (follow/unfollow, mute, block, list modification); (3) write access to a user’s timeline, including the permission to Tweet, Retweet, or like a post.

    Another example includes Sign In With Twitter: there could be an…

    28 votes
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  8. API endpoint for getting bookmarks

    Get all bookmarked tweets by me

    3 votes
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    acknowledged  ·  1 comment  ·  GET Tweets  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  9. Add an Endpoint for Aggregate Video Metrics Across Tweets

    It would be really helpful to have an analytics endpoint in which the entity was a media ID (in my case a video ID) and you could request engagement & video metrics aggregated at the video level, even if that video appeared across many different tweets. Right now this is possible through the Engagement API for video views only, but it would be great if it were available through the Ads API & included seconds/minutes viewed, percentile completions, call to action clicks, etc.

    31 votes
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  10. Build a conversation updates API

    I would like to recommend building a conversations API that enables developers to track updates to full conversation threads. This API would retrieve the entire conversation that a Tweet is in, and return all Tweets and replies within a given thread. This API would enable developers to go from a Tweet of interest to all replies in the thread, without having to recursively search for Tweets with the correct "inreplytostatusid".

    28 votes
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    acknowledged  ·  5 comments  ·  General features  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  11. Make the endpoint rate limited at user level instead of app level

    We have built a social media management app that allows our customers to also view insights for their social accounts and posts.

    Every midnight we refresh insights for all posts published via our app in the past 7 days.

    For Twitter, we're only recording the number of favorites and retweets (returned by the /tweets endpoint), but we would like to gather more metrics, such as impressions, # of replies and video views.

    The current rate limit is 15 requests / 15 minutes and 50 Tweets / request.

    This basically means we can gather metrics for only 15 customers at a…

    11 votes
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    planned  ·  2 comments  ·  Tweet Metrics  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  12. API response should contain descriptive error messages for actions that are forbidden

    When I try to hide a Tweet in a thread that wasn’t started by the authenticating user, I get the response:

    (
    [title] => Forbidden
    [type] => about:blank
    [status] => 403
    [detail] => Forbidden
    )

    I understand that this action should actually be forbidden, but the error in the API response doesn't tell me why the action is forbidden (which is that the authenticating user is trying to hide a Tweet in a thread that wasn't started by the authenticating user)

    3 votes
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  13. Wildcards in filtered stream

    Wildcards would be very nice to have in filtered streams: Customers want them, and there is no way to emulate it on our side.

    When a query term contains a * character, * would match any character in a tweet, one or more time. When a query term contains a ? character, ? would match any character, exactly one time.

    For example, Tw*ter would match Twitter, Tweeter, Twiter, Tweetter.

    3 votes
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    acknowledged  ·  1 comment  ·  Filtered stream  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  14. Filter tweets by users list

    It could be great to be able to use the "list:username/list-name" search parameter into the filtered stream endpoint, to watch tweets from a list of users rather than chaining "from:usernameX" parameters until the 10*512 chars are used.

    Especially since the new endpoint will replace the current one that currently allows to watch up to 5k users (the "from:xxx OR " method will only allow to watch 250 to 400 users depending on the average username length ; that's more than 10x less than before).

    5 votes
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    1 comment  ·  Filtered stream  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    Thanks for the feedback. This is not on our roadmap for the near-term future. However, we understand the problem that you are facing and we will bear this in mind going forward.

  15. Optionally prevent the standard search API from searching in screen names and user mentions

    The standard search API is somehow regarding screen name as part of text body and therefore is also searching in screen names. That can cause the search results to contain irrelevant tweets. For example, searching the word "nature" can return @human_nature's tweets whose text bodies don't contain the word "nature".

    A similar issue applies to user mentions. For example, searching the word "nature" can return tweets which contain user mention @human_nature and don't contain the word "nature".

    Please consider implementing an option which prevents the standard search API from searching in screen names and user mentions. Thanks.

    5 votes
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  16. Longer queries in filtered stream

    Queries can only contain a limited number of terms and characters. It would be very useful to increase this llimit.

    2 votes
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    1 comment  ·  Filtered stream  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  17. Add endpoints for muted keywords

    We need a way to manage muted keywords, similar to the existing endpoints for muted users:

    GET mutes/keywords/list
    POST mutes/keywords/create
    POST mutes/keywords/destroy

    2 votes
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  18. First Tweet containing a hashtag

    Surface is the first tweet in the hashtag, to know the founder of the hashtag, it is his right; and also there are those who use the hashtag for no purpose intended for topic of the hashtag (no objection to it), but you are tired to reach the news for which the hashtag was founded due to the large number of tweets outside the same topic.

    1 vote
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  19. Build an API to manage polls and poll results

    Having access to an API for Twitter native polls would enable developers to create and schedule polls, as well as get back engagement data such as impressions, responses, Retweets of the poll, and their resulting responses, reach, and total engagement.

    22 votes
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  20. Filtered Stream monthly limits

    I read in this announcement https://twittercommunity.com/t/new-filtered-stream-endpoints-available-in-labs-and-the-future-of-statuses-filter/129888 that the new Filtered Stream endpoint, available in Labs, will be subject to monthly limits on the amount of tweets retrieved.
    Do you think that this kind of limitation will also be present in the version released in the future?

    I didn't find this kind of limitation on the old endpoint "statuses/filter".
    In this answer on stackoverflow https://stackoverflow.com/questions/34962677/twitter-streaming-api-limits
    , the idea of a limit on the endpoint "status/filter" based on the amount of tweets delivered within a certain percentage threshold compared to the totality of tweets generated on twitter was mentioned.
    I find that…

    2 votes
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