Chapter 17. INTERFACING WITH THE TWITTER API USING PERL

Introducing the Twitter APIs

Twitter has several application programming interfaces (APIs) that you can use to interact with users and feeds of the social media platform. If you were to compare the features available through the Twitter Web site against their APIs, you would find there are more Twitter features available through third-party apps than are offered by the Twitter Web site.

The protocol used to communicate to these APIs is called REST, or Representational State Transfer. Using the HTTP protocol, Twitter provides a specific URL for each API service, where several REST requests can be made in parallel to generate the complete picture of a user's current state on Twitter. As a response, ...

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