Twitter To Developers: Embrace OAuth, Or Perish

Filed as News on August 30, 2010 9:12 pm

It looks like any third party twitter clients that survived tweetageddon will now have to embrace OAuth for their applications over the next 48 hours or face tweet extinction.

If you are like most Twitter users, you have used use a third-party Twitter application to read or send Tweets. As of August 31, Twitter applications will all use OAuth, an authentication method that lets you use apps without them storing your password. [...]

The move to OAuth will mean increased security and a better experience. Applications won’t store your username and password, and if you change your password, applications will continue to work.

With OAuth, you still individually approve each application before using it, and you can revoke access at any time. (Official Twitter Blog)

Many developers (especially those on the iPhone) have already embraced OAuth months ago, although there are a few who have yet to adopt the feature (although most of those apps are not actively supported).

Although OAuth does make configuring a few blog plugins a little frustrating (as many of them need extra TLC in order to connect to ones account), it should help Twitter reduce the number of hacks against twitter accounts in the future.

Other companies like Tumblr are also encouraging third party developers to adopt OAuth, a trend we might see gain popularity across social networks as well as blogging applications.

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  1. By David Perdew posted on August 31, 2010 at 4:53 pm
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    This wave of the future does mean that some app developers with only a few followers will be forced to abandon some projects that lack support and time to upgrade their code to Twitter’s more restrictive API. However, I join the many fans of this move as necessary to protect the interests of Twitter’s massive audience and ensure that developers handle their user’s information with tender loving care.

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  2. By Mike T posted on September 1, 2010 at 6:23 pm
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    Will this affect the jQuery Twitter plugins which load a JSONP list of user tweets? I’m hoping the answer is “no,” but I haven’t found any good answers on that so far.

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