Post, retrieve, and engage with Tweets

Please note:

We've recently released the following endpoints within the Twitter API v2.

v1.1 endpoints Corresponding v2 endpoints  
GET statuses/lookup 
GET statuses/show/:id
Tweet lookup Migration guide
POST statuses/update
POST statuses/destroy/:id
Manage Tweets Migration guide
GET favorites/list
POST favorites/create 
POST favorites/destroy
Likes Migration guide
GET statuses/retweets/:id 
GET statuses/retweeters/:ids
POST statuses/retweet/:id 
POST statuses/unretweet/:id
Retweets Migration guide

Please use the migration guides to see what has changed between the standard v1.1 and v2 versions.

 

Overview

The following API endpoints can be used to programmatically create, retrieve and delete Tweets, Retweets and Likes:

Tweets Retweets Likes (formerly favorites)
  • POST statuses/update
  • POST statuses/destroy/:id
  • GET statuses/show/:id
  • GET statuses/oembed
  • GET statuses/lookup
  • POST statuses/retweet/:id
  • POST statuses/unretweet/:id
  • GET statuses/retweets/:id
  • GET statuses/retweets_of_me
  • GET statuses/retweeters/ids
  • POST favorites/create/:id
  • POST favorites/destroy/:id
  • GET favorites/list

For more details, please see the individual endpoint information within the API reference section.

Terminology

Tweet/Status - when a status message is shared on Twitter. Also see Introduction to Tweet JSON

Retweet - when a Tweet is re-shared by another specific user. Also see Introduction to Tweet JSON

Like - when a Tweet recieves a 'heart' from a specific user, formerly known as favo(u)rite or 'star'

Rate limits

As part of our effort to reduce the distribution of spam through our APIs, we enforce App-level rate limit on some of our POST endpoints:

  • There is a 300 requests per three hours shared App-level rate limit for the POST statuses/update (post a Tweet) and POST statuses/retweet/:id (post a Retweet) endpoints. This means that you can only post either 300 Tweets or Retweets across all of the authorized users of your developer App during a three hour time period. 
  • There is a 1,000 requests per 24 hours App-level rate limit for the POST favorites/create/:id endpoint. This means that you can only like 1,000 Tweets across all of the authorized users of your developer App during a 24 hour time period. 

Please note that you must also consider the user-level rate limits for these endpoints, as they limit the number of posted Tweets or liked Tweets a specific authorized user can make over a given time period. 

You can review each endpoints' rate limits via their API reference page.