Has your twitter app broken?

August 16th, 2010 Tags: , , , , , , , ,

Although it’s been delayed, today Twitter finally switch off the ability to use a username/password combination to access the Twitter API (used by many third party applications to access your twitter account).  Instead, a more secure system called OAuth must be used.  Now, many twitter clients have either moved to OAuth, or offer a choice of methods.

So, from today, the old method will no longer work; if your preferred twitter app has stopped working, first of all, check to see if there is an OAuth option, and if not, you might want to check for a software update to see if that resolves it.

Some apps will simply no longer work; fring have announced that in the short term their twitter addon for the Android version of fring will no longer work.

Of course, with many manufacturers building in twitter (and facebook) support into their phones, and many of those vendors being less helpful in providing any form of firmware update service, it’s possible your mobile phone app will no longer work either.

It’s not all doom and gloom though; when twitter were last planning this, I did a little research, and found that the majority of the mobile phones built in applications seemed to be using OAuth, and hence would not be affected.  Have you been affected? Has your preferred twitter client stopped working, and there’s no update? Let us know via the comments…

Screenshot of Gravity on Symbian courtesy of nokiaaddict.com (now gerrymoth.co.uk), and we should point out that Gravity has supported OAuth for some time, so as long as you are using a fairly up to date copy, you shouldn’t have any problems with Gravity.


2 Responses to “Has your twitter app broken?”

  1. Oscar Says:

    My X10 Timescape twitter client Cannot br use since august 31st… i’m from peru but mine is the first case reported in this country… plz help! Sony Ericsson in peru told me it’s a temporal issue and will be solved by itself… help!

  2. UK Gadgeteer Says:

    There certainly were a handful of mobile twitter applications that “broke” this week in an unrelated problem with the new OAuth system which did resolve itself after a while, so it may have been that, and not the removal of the basic authentication system.

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