Basic Auth Deprecation on June 30, 2010
On June 30, 2010, the @twitterapi team will be shutting off basic authentication on the Twitter API. All applications, by this date, need to switch to using OAuth. Read more »
Don't fret! @twitterapi is here to help! Feel free to reach out to us directly, or via our Twitter Development Talk group.
The switch to OAuth is a good thing! You, as the application developer,
- don't have the burden of keeping potentially damaging credentials for your users (especially considering that a lot of people use the same password for multiple services);
- don't have to worry about the user changing their password — a user can change his or her password and the OAuth "connection" to your app will still work;
- don't have to worry about other applications masquerading as your application as only your application can set the byline with your application name;
- will eventually have access to more trusted APIs from Twitter that will only be available to "trusted" OAuth-enabled applications; and
- will be contributing to the web of trust between users, service providers, and applications.