On Saturday Twitter announced that it will be switching off support for basic authentication in it’s API on 30th June, and only allowing access through the more secure OAuth authentication system.
The announcement appeared on on Twitter API Google Group, from Raffi Krikorian of the Twitter Platform Team:
“you’re going to be hearing a lot from me over the next 9 weeks. our plan is to turn off basic authorization on the API by june 30, 2010 — developers will have to switch over to OAuth by that time. between now and then, there will be a *lot* of information coming along with tips on how to use OAuth Echo, xAuth, etc. we really want to make this transition as easy as we can for everybody.
as always, please feel free to reach out to this group, or to @twitterapi directly. if you need help remembering the date – http://bit.ly/twcountdown“
Developers of Twitter apps and services will need to make the switch or face the possibility of their tools becoming useless. However given the Twitter acquisition of Tweetie, are developers going to continue to develop and update their apps in what is now a very competitive market.
The popular Twitter directory, oneforty.com lists 2,743 apps and services, and these are only the ones that have registered with the site. Will the developers of all of these tools make the leap to OAuth? Perhaps we will see a culling of the herd, with only Twitter Apps in active developement surviving.