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Twitter is making more efforts to promote third-party security tools

Twitter has launched a new limited experiment in which it will advertise third-party developer security tools natively on its service. TechCrunch reports. The test initially focuses on apps like block party, bodyguard and Moderatewhich can help block harassment and other harmful content on the platform.

With this experiment, select users will see these services promoted with a new prompt when they mute or block another account on Twitter. It highlights apps that are included in the Twitter Toolbox, a recently launched initiative which currently promotes third-party Twitter tools in one online hub. “The Twitter Toolbox offers more solutions to enhance your experience on Twitter,” the prompt reads, before listing a selection of services.

The experiment is Twitter’s attempt to promote third-party tools on its platform that currently rely on word of mouth or traditional advertising to attract new users. “[Developers] users want and we want to give them the right users at the right time,” said Amir Shevat, Head of Product at Twitter TechCrunch.

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An example of the third-party tool prompt shown to users in the test.
Image: Twitter via TechCrunch

It comes as Twitter seeks to overhaul its historically fractious relationship with third-party developers. In the early days of Twitter, the social media network had a very open approach that allowed developers to create fully-functional third-party clients for its service. but In 2012, this approach changedand as of 2018, Twitter effectively had has destroyed the market for feature-rich third-party clients.

But just two years later, the company rebuilt the tools available to third-party developers. It started Version 2 of its API in early access in 2020 with support for “conversation threading, poll results in tweets, pinned tweets in profiles, spam filtering, and a more powerful stream filtering and search query language.” The new API left Early Access last yearalthough there are still places something Developer restrictions such as B. The limit of 500,000 or 2 million tweets per month, depending on their access level.

According to Shevat, the hope is to foster a mutually beneficial relationship between Twitter and third-party developers. “I see Twitter as the old Nokia phone right now…it was a good phone. But the only app on it was Snake, if you remember,” Shevat says TechCrunch. “I see the future of Twitter as an iPhone where the value you get actually comes from developer innovation.”

https://www.theverge.com/2022/4/22/23036956/twitter-toolbox-apps-promote-safety-block-mute-accounts-platform Twitter is making more efforts to promote third-party security tools

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