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twitter-labs-api

Labs v2

A basic implementation of a Twitter Labs API client as a handy Ruby gem. This project uses the v2 endpoints announced here.

Usage

Prerequisite

All one needs is a Twitter bearer token to get started. The bearer token is available on the 'Tokens and Keys' page within your app's dashboard on the Twitter for Developers site.

Alternatively, one can get a bearer token using this method from https://github.com/sferik/twitter.

Setup

gem install twitter_labs_api

Example

Getting a Tweet by ID

require `twitter_labs_api`

api = TwitterLabsAPI.new(bearer_token: 'YOUR-BEARER-TOKEN')

api.get_tweet(id: '1234671272602193920')

>> {"data"=>{"author_id"=>"44196397", "created_at"=>"2020-03-03T02:45:45.000Z", "id"=>"1234671272602193920", "lang"=>"und", "public_metrics"=>{"retweet_count"=>4534, "reply_count"=>1036, "like_count"=>43489, "quote_count"=>224}, "text"=>"✌️ bro https://t.co/nJ7CUyhr2j"}}

Specifying which fields to include in the response

By default, the gem requests the 'default' fields for each entity. See the API Reference for available fields. One can customize the response payload, depending on the requested resource.

For example, to request the URL of a Tweet's embedded media item:

requested_fields = { tweet: %w[id username], media: %w[url] }

api.get_tweet(id: my_id, fields: requested_fields)

API Errors

Sometimes the API will respond with an error, for example, 429 Too Many Requests. The gem will throw an error with the Net::HTTP response as an attribute for proper exception-handling by the consuming app:

def my_twitter_request
  api.get_tweet(id: '1235508591232090112', tweet_fields: my_fields)

rescue TwitterLabsAPI::APIError => e
  puts e.msg # 429 Too Many Requests
  puts e.response # <Net::HTTPTooManyRequests 429 Too Many Requests readbody=true>
  # do something with the Net::HTTP response...
end

Status

Currently, the following endpoints are implemented:

Tweets

  • TwitterLabsAPI#get_tweet (docs) - Retrieve a single Tweet object with an id
  • TwitterLabsAPI#get_tweets (docs) - Retrieve multiple Tweets with a collection of ids
  • TwitterLabsAPI#hide_reply (docs) - Hide a reply by referencing it's id; must be in a conversation belonging to the authenticating user
  • TwitterLabsAPI#search (docs) - Returns Tweets from the last 7 days that match a search query.

Users

  • TwitterLabsAPI#get_user (docs) - Retrieve a single user object with an id
  • TwitterLabsAPI#get_users (docs) - Retrieve multiple user objects with a collection of ids
  • TwitterLabsAPI#get_users_by_username (docs) - Retrieve multiple user objects with a collection of usernames

Roadmap

Currently focused on implementing support for all v2 endpoints; if there is enough interest, I will add v1 endpoint support as well.

And of course, contributions are welcome :)

Dependencies

This lib uses Ruby's built-in URI and net/http libs to communicate with Twitter's Labs API.

For ease of manipulating responses, this lib depends on Hash::WithIndifferentAccess from the Rails activesupport project (docs).

Thus, one can access the data from a response like so:

response = api.get_tweet(id: '1234671272602193920')

puts response[:data][:public_metrics][:like_count]
>> 43489

puts response['data']['public_metrics']['like_count']
>> 43489

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