Why is Twitter doing this?
We are inviting our developer community to partner with us in shaping the next generation of our API through our new Twitter Developer Labs program so they can test and share feedback before we finalize our product approach. This new, early access program is consistent with our broader values as a company (including building in the open).
What is important to know?
We want your feedback! Developers are welcome to share feedback directly with our developer relations team. We want to hear from you, whether it’s about our documentation, or your ideas for what you hope to see us build in the future.
Endpoints found in Labs are previews and are likely to change before they enter a broader release. We’re giving developers the opportunity to experiment with the latest Twitter API endpoints and provide feedback to help shape our roadmap – before final releases.
The endpoints we release in Labs will be previews and are likely to change before they are released broadly, so we encourage you to take that into consideration as you build. It is possible that some Labs features may be cancelled rather than graduate to fully-supported releases. For Labs endpoints and features that we move to fully-supported releases, we expect to maintain the original Labs version for an overlapping period of time to facilitate migration.
What existing APIs will be affected?
APIs in production will not be immediately impacted. Labs releases should be viewed as completely new functionality. Over time, this may change. As new endpoints move out of Labs, they may replace existing endpoints. We will make announcements in advance of any future changes to existing endpoints so that developers can plan appropriately for migrations.
Will Labs offerings change over time?
Yes! Developers should expect endpoints and features in Labs to change over time. We may add new previews, as well as make changes to previously-released Labs previews. In the case of potentially breaking changes, we expect to version Labs releases.
How long will previews stay in Labs?
There is no set amount of time previews will stay in Labs. However, we do expect the previews in Labs to be in an interim state – likely moving to fully-supported releases when ready. Alternatively, we reserve the right to remove Labs endpoints or features entirely; we expect to provide notice in this case.
Who qualifies for access to Labs?
Anyone with an approved Twitter developer account can sign up for Labs.
Can I request elevated access to Labs endpoints?
At this point, there is no elevated access offered for Labs endpoints. If you have specific needs for elevated access, we would encourage you to share this feedback as a feature request.
Will you charge for access?
No. We are not charging any fees to access Twitter’s latest developer previews in Labs.
How do I get access to Labs?
First, make sure you have an approved developer account. If not, apply here. If you already have an approved developer account, you can get access to Labs by clicking the link below.