Twitter Gets Twitchy

From Twitter 1 minute ago

Hi @mr_internet,

Over the coming weeks, we will be making two important updates that will
impact how you interact with Twitter applications. We are sending this notice
to all Twitter users to make sure you are aware of these changes.

What are applications?

There are over 250,000 applications built using the Twitter API. To use most
applications, you first authorize the application to access your Twitter
account, after which you can use it to read and post Tweets, discover new
users and more. Applications come in many varieties, including desktop
applications like TweetDeck ( ), Seesmic ( ), or EchoFon ( ), websites such
as TweetMeme ( ), fflick ( ), or
Topsy ( ), or mobile applications such as Twitter for iPhone
( ), Twitter for Blackberry
( ), or Foursquare (

Update 1: New authorization rules for applications

Starting August 31, all applications will be required to use “OAuth” to access
your Twitter account.

What’s OAuth?
* OAuth is a technology that enables applications to access Twitter on your
* behalf with your approval without asking you directly for your password.
* Desktop and mobile applications may still ask for your password once, but
* after that request, they are required to use OAuth in order to access your
* timeline or allow you to tweet.

What does this mean for me?
* Applications are no longer allowed to store your password.
* If you change your password, the applications will continue to work.
* Some applications you have been using may require you to reauthorize them or
* may stop functioning at the time of this change.
* All applications you have authorized will be listed at
* You can revoke access to any application at any time from the list.

Update 2: URL wrapping

In the coming weeks, we will be expanding the roll-out of our link wrapping
service ( ), which wraps links in Tweets with a new, simplified
link. Wrapped links are displayed in a way that is easier to read, with the
actual domain and part of the URL showing, so that you know what you are
clicking on. When you click on a wrapped link, your request will pass through
the Twitter service to check if the destination site is known to contain
malware, and we then will forward you on to the destination URL. All of that
should happen in an instant.

You will start seeing these links on certain accounts that have opted-in to
the service; we expect to roll this out to all users by the end of the year.
When this happens, all links shared on or third-party apps will be
wrapped with a URL.

What does this mean for me?
* A really long link such as
* might be wrapped as for display on SMS, but it could be
* displayed to web or application users as or as the
* whole URL or page title.
* You will start seeing links in a way that removes the obscurity of shortened
* links and lets you know where each link will take you.
* When you click on these links from or a Twitter application,
* Twitter will log that click. We hope to use this data to provide better and
* more relevant content to you over time.

Thanks for reading this important update. Come and check what’s new at

The Twitter Team

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