A couple weeks ago, we noted the start of the “OAuthpocalypse” — that is, Twitter’s move to make all developers use OAuth rather than basic authentication for their third-party apps. Twitter expected some bumps as they were going to be continuously shutting stuff down and progressively limiting rates. That all ends tomorrow, as basic auth support will be officially killed off at 8 AM PT.
Originally, Twitter had said the death of auth would take place today, August 30th. But for whatever reason, they pushed it back until tomorrow (maybe they just didn’t realize August had 31 days). Twitter’s Douglas Bowman confirms this with a tweet today: “Basic Auth for Twitter is almost history. Rate limits are down to 15 requests/hour, and will be 0 by tomorrow.“
As Twitter notes, this move is a very good thing. Here’s the main reasons they give on their documentation for the switch:
As we noted a couple weeks ago, Twitter is also hard at work on OAuth 2 support already which others such as Facebook and Gowalla have begun using. OAuth 2 is the even more secure version of the service, which companies like Facebook, Microsoft, Google, and Yahoo have been working on for some time.
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