that's precisely what i would do - author your code to read from a
configuration file that contains the keys.  don't distribute that
configuration file, but, instead, distribute a README or an example
configuration file that the end user would fill in.

On Mon, Jan 18, 2010 at 9:43 AM, John Meyer <> wrote:

> On 1/18/2010 1:19 AM, Ryan McCue wrote:
>> Hey guys,
>> I'm looking to integrate Twitter posting into an application I'm
>> developing. The catch to this is that because it's open source, and
>> programmed in PHP, I'd have to distribute the secret key with it.
>> What's the best way to go about this? I've fallen back onto the
>> ordinary basic auth API for now.
>> Thanks,
>> Ryan.
> Technically, you don't.  All opensource requires is that you distribute the
> source code, not the individual data.  So you could specify that the secret
> key is in a particular file and then other users could insert their own
> secret key.

Raffi Krikorian
Twitter Platform Team

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