The requirement for users to go from app to browser to app is untenable for 
many of my users.  It is a major change to go from app to Safari and back to 
app.  Many users actually think that it the app is less secure (rightly or 
wrongly) because they have to exit it -- and go to the web -- in order to login.

Indeed, many of them do not understand the permissions that the oAuth system 
asks for when they get sent to the Twitter page.  Unfortunately with a phone 
like the iPhone you are dealing with many many users who are new to mobile 
devices in general and just wish to use twitter from within their favorite apps 
without the complications.  

Would you say that oAuth is good enough for Twitterific or Chirpie, Tweetie? 
Well, they are using xAuth.  All I wish to do is to provide my users with 
identical (and what they see is easy -- and safe) method of using Twitter.  
xAuth provides this.  oAuth does not.  Many users prefer a seamless experience 
to that of adopting a protocol that causes such a jarring user experience -- 
regardless of the perceived safety of oAuth over xAuth.  Safety of one over the 
other comes down to how much you trust the app.  It no longer comes down to how 
much you trust Basic Auth.

I would have no problem if there was an even playing field where we could all 
have our app "signatures" in the Tweet -- and all have the same user experience 
where logins and permissions are concerned.  This is not the case.

Thanks for your input, though.


On May 30, 2010, at 12:03 AM, Rich wrote:

> You don't need xAuth to develop an iPhone app, oAuth workflow works
> just fine.
> Indeed I though xAuth was designed for clients without a decent mobile
> browser which isn't the case on the iPhone
> On May 29, 2:08 am, Jann <> wrote:
>> I sent an email in to api@ this week.  Got back a case # which, when
>> clicked, requires me to login.  It then tells me that the case #1008949does 
>> not exist.
>> So, I logged in under the twitter account that created the app and
>> created another ticket.  Got another ticket #1009859.  I am now
>> wondering how long this is supposed to take.  (if the first one is
>> invalid, then my new support case is now over 900 cases farther down
>> in the queue.  :(
>> Does anyone have any ideas?  I have seen (when searching on google)
>> that some people say it takes upwards of a week to get the approval.
>> I am stuck however because I cannot even test my iPhone app using this
>> method. (I am using to
>> implement and I can see no method to begin even testing using my own
>> account.
>> Shouldn't there be some way to (at least) test your app using the
>> username and password that was used to create the "Application" in
>> question?
>> Please give some insight.  Maybe I am missing something stupid.
>> Thanks!
>> Jann

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