Hi Raffi,

Curious how the contributors will be associated? Will it essentially
be linking accounts? Presumably then the user would identify in an app
which account to post an update to based on those accounts they have
been associated as contributors to? So, a "contribution" would
originate from a separate Twitter account, let's say @Raffi and be
posted to @Twitter. The primary difference from what we're used to
with CoTweet for example, where you may have many authors with no
individual twitter accounts, this would all be based on having two or
more accounts (1 biz account linked to contributor accounts). Does
that make sense?


On Dec 14, 6:07 pm, Raffi Krikorian <ra...@twitter.com> wrote:
> As you may have seen on our
> blog<http://blog.twitter.com/2009/12/feature-test-with-businesses.html>,
> we're starting a very small test of a new feature that will allow a Twitter
> account to have multiple "contributors".  This is the first in a suite of
> features that we'll be rolling out specifically targeted to the needs of
> businesses, and this particular feature is going to allow a business to
> invite employees and representatives to tweet, DM, follow users, etc., on
> behalf of the account holder.
> While this feature is not ready for prime-time, and while we're not yet
> taking requests to be part of an early-access release while we work out the
> kinks, we're really committed to keeping our developers in the loop.  I want
> to give you all a heads up on what is coming on the API side, and, for this
> particular feature, I wanted to give you all a look at what we're calling
> the "Contributor API".  The reason I want to really highlight these changes
> is because we'll be making an addition to the status objects as this rolls
> out.
> We'll be introducing a new parameter called contributingto to most API
> endpoints -- this parameter must be set to the user ID of the user that the
> employee or representative wants to take the action on behalf of.  If using
> contributingto, then the caller must authenticate when calling and must use
> OAuth.  For example, if I, @raffi, wanted to tweet on behalf of @twitter (ID
> 783214), I would call /status/update.xml, I would attach a parameter of
> contributingto=783214, and I would authenticate to that endpoint as myself
> using OAuth.  The API will confirm that @raffi has permission to contribute
> to the @twitter account, and will error with a 403 if that account does not.
> You can expect to see contributingto show up as an optional parameter to the
> following endpoints (and presumably some more) when calling 
> onhttp://api.twitter.com/1:
> /account/rate_limit_status
> /account/update_profile
> /account/update_profile_background_image
> /account/update_profile_colors
> /account/update_profile_image
> /account/verify_credentials
> /blocks/blocking
> /blocks/blocking/ids
> /blocks/create
> /blocks/destroy
> /blocks/exists
> /direct_messages
> /direct_messages/destroy
> /direct_messages/new
> /direct_messages/sent
> /favorites
> /favorites/create
> /favorites/destroy
> /followers/ids
> /friends/ids
> /friendships/create
> /friendships/destroy
> /friendships/exists
> /report_spam
> /saved_searches
> /saved_searches/create
> /saved_searches/destroy
> /saved_searches/show
> /statuses/destroy
> /statuses/followers
> /statuses/friends
> /statuses/friends_timeline
> /statuses/home_timeline
> /statuses/mentions
> /statuses/public_timeline
> /statuses/retweet
> /statuses/retweeted_by_me
> /statuses/retweeted_to_me
> /statuses/retweets
> /statuses/retweets_of_me
> /statuses/show
> /statuses/update
> /statuses/user_timeline
> /users/show
> Lastly, the <status> objects will include an additional parameter named
> contributors that will have an user_id with the ID of the user who actually
> created this status object.  An example XML status would have
> <status>
>   ...
>   <contributors>
>     <user_id>ID of the contributor</user_id>
>   </contributors>
>   ...
> </status>
> and in JSON
> {
>   ...
>   "contributors" : [ID of the contributor],
>   ...
> }
> Due to caching, historical status objects may or may not contain the
> contributors, but all status created after launch will.
> Like I said, more details to come!
> --
> Raffi Krikorian
> Twitter Platform Teamhttp://twitter.com/raffi

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