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Security Risks in Social Media Technologies by Alan Oxley

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Appendix 2

Twitter application programming interfaces

Twitter APIs have three different parts: two REST APIs and a streaming API. The REST APIs allow applications to access and search Twitter’s data. There are two of them because Twitter developed one and another company independently developed the other, but Twitter later acquired this company. Twitter plans to unify the two APIs, which are distinguished as the “REST API” and the “Search API.” Streaming supports long-lived connections on a different architecture.

The REST API allows developers to access core Twitter data, which includes update timelines, status data, and user information. The search API allows developers to use Twitter’s search functionality and its data on trends. The streaming ...

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