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Results from Developer for: April 2013

A Recap of the First Quarter of 2013

The first few months of 2013 brought a number of changes to the Twitter platform. In case you haven’t kept up with our recent announcements, here are some key highlights.

The Retirement of API v1

Several major milestones relating to the deprecation of API v1, which was announced last fall, have occurred during the first quarter of 2013.


Deprecating IE6 and IE7 support in Twitter for Websites (TFW)

When the Tweet button was introduced in 2010, Microsoft’s Internet Explorer 6 was our baseline. Now, most users have upgraded and we see IE6 usage dwindled. On May 13th 2013, we’re going to prune our support for that browser and its successor, IE7.


Symbols entities for Tweets

Twitter auto-links financial symbols (which look like $FOO) in Tweet text. These parsed symbols will soon be made available via the API under the Tweet “entities” object. Sections of text which match a dollar sign ($) followed by a word identifier will show up under the “entities/symbols” key. For example:


Mobile app deep-linking and new Cards

Twitter Cards are being used by more than 10,000 developers, mobile apps and websites to richly represent content on Twitter, including article summaries, user-posted photos, videos, songs, and more. Today, through those Cards, we’re introducing a new way to bring people directly to your app from a Tweet, and we’re adding new types of Cards, so you can more creatively show your content on Twitter.