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;have announced that in the short term their twitter addon for the Android version of 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 ofon Symbian courtesy of nokiaaddict.com (now gerrymoth.co.uk), and we should point out that 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 .