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12 February 2009, 15:50

Twitter: No more swapping passwords

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At long last, the popular Twitter micro blogging service has introduced the OAuth authentication protocol. It has started a closed beta test and plans to complete it in less than a month.

A number of services that use Twitter’s API to offer extended functionality to users have been established around the micro blogging service. One popular example is the Twitpic photo sharing service, which offers Twitter users a simple way of sending pictures to their followers. The disadvantage: Most of these services require the user’s Twitter password so they can log in automatically. The only thing users can do is trust that their password will not be misused.

In future, Twitter users will be able to configure third party access on a configuration page. According to Twitter’s API wiki, users will be able to determine whether third party services will only have read access, or whether they will also be able to send messages automatically.

(Torsten Kleinz)


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