[wp-hackers] Twitter API and Authentication

Lew Ayotte - Full Throttle Development lew at fullthrottledevelopment.com
Tue May 11 12:53:32 UTC 2010

Well, thanks for the heads up... but this is going to be a pain the rear.

Now I guess I'll start incorporating oAuth into my plugin.

Lew Ayotte
Full Throttle Development, LLC
lew at fullthrottledevelopment.com

On Mon, May 10, 2010 at 7:20 PM, Matt Harris <themattharris at twitter.com>wrote:

> Hey Hackers,
> Some of you may already know me through WordCamps, Barcamps and various
> conferences but for those of you who don't, my name is Matt Harris and I've
> just joined Twitter as a Developer Advocate.
> I'm emailing this list to reach those of you who either write plugins that
> use Twitter, or develop websites for which a Twitter widget is used.
> On the 30th June the Twitter REST API will stop supporting Basic
> Authentication and instead switch to OAuth. This means
> * all user authenticated requests to the API must be OAuth signed,
> preferably using OAuth headers.
> * calls not requiring authentication should ensure they do not send auth
> headers of any kind as doing so will return an error
> * basic auth will cease to function on the REST API
> * the streaming API will still support basic auth but this is likely to
> change later in the year
> * the search API does not require auth so is not part of this project
> * the public RSS/ATOM feeds do not require auth so are not part of this
> project
> So, if you have WordPress sites that publish to Twitter please check they
> are using OAuth and not Basic Authentication.
> If you are a plugin developer, please update your plugin to use OAuth and
> remove and Basic Authentication code.
> If you're plugin just consumes RSS/Atom feeds from Twitter you will be
> unaffected by this change.
> Information about OAuth and community code libraries can be found on
> http://dev.twitter.com or, if you have any questions please ask in the
> Twitter
> development talk Google group:
> http://groups.google.<
> http://groups.google.com/group/twitter-development-talk>
> com/group/twitter-development-<
> http://groups.google.com/group/twitter-development-talk>
> talk <http://groups.google.com/group/twitter-development-talk>. You can
> also
> find me on Twitter as @themattharris or at various events including Google
> IO later this month.
> Best,
> Matt Harris
> Developer Advocate, Twitter
> http://twitter.com/themattharris
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