Twitter Moves to OAuth for API Access

Twitter is a relatively new social media website that is quickly growing to be a must have for not only people, but businesses as well.

One of the most convenient ways to use Twitter is by downloading and authorizing one of the thousands of applications written to make using Twitter from your desktop or phone easier and more streamlined.

Recently the staff at Twitter have developed a way for users enjoying twitter through applications to feel more secure. They have named the feature OAuth.

In a nutshell OAuth will still allow users to download their favorite application but will not allow the application to store their password. For example, if you are an UberTwitter (for blackberry) user, you will be able to enter your password once and then continue to tweet and follow others even if you need to change your password. This greatly decreases the chances that a hacker will be able to find your password and ‘hijack’ your timeline.

Twitter has not as of yet rolled this feature out for every person but expects to do so by the end of the year.

Another way they have endeavored to make the Twitter experience a more enjoyable one, is by creating a link wrapping feature named

Link wrapping makes the 140 character limit of each tweet possible when adding a link. Generally a link added would be so many characters long that it takes the entire tweet and makes commenting or retweeting difficult. t. co will shorten each link and also display it in a way that shows where you are being directed.

Again an example, if you added a link to your online auction and it appeared like this: categoryZ67681QQcmdZViewItemQQ_trksidZp3907.m263QQ_trkparmsZalgo%3DSIC%26itu%3DMRU-10968%252BUCI%252BIA%252BUA –  t. co would not only shorten it but it would appear as simply or something similar so that you know where you are headed.

These two roll outs are exciting and looking forward it seems certain that the people at Twitter are sure to continue to wow users with future features.

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