Twitter Delays Oauthpocalypse

In: Announcements by: mathys

18 Jun 2010

Due to the current downtime and high error rates on Twitter, Twitter has decided to postpone the shutdown of the Basic Authentication by a month and a half. Raffi Krikorian (@raffi) states on the Google group:

we want to make sure that you all have calm waters to test your new codebases where you’re not dealing with whales, robots, and whatnot. with the world cup ending on july 11th, you will all have over a month’s time of calm waters and site stability to finish the switch over.  also, with the vast majority of media providers already switched over to OAuth Echo, you now also have an additional month of time to work out your integrations with them.

This also means that it will be possible to authenticate against Mobypicture’s API with Twitter usernames and passwords until August. We will remind every developer by mail to switch when basic authentication is being used after August 1st. Take a deep breath, you have a full 8 weeks to make your switch.

Alternatives to Basic Auth

Twitter has provided several alternatives to Basic Auth. Oauth being the most important. OAuth Echo is a way to delegate one time access to a Media Provider like Mobypicture. Currently Twitter (and thus Mobypicture) only supports the Upload scenario, where you upload the media to Mobypicture, but send the tweet yourself. The UploadAndPost scenario is still in active development.

OAuth Echo is supported on our current 1.0 API and the new 2.0 API.

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