Yes, I understand that, and this wasn't the point for the development
of the app, but it was a bonus (unintended) side affect, that, quite
frankly, Twitter benefits from, in terms of usage statistics, volume,

And, as mentioned, I'm willing to bet this wasn't thought about during
the conversion to OAuth by twitter.  By cutting this collective group
of users off (unintentionally), I just think it is going to have more
of an impact (at least short term), than realized.

On Aug 13, 9:28 am, Tom van der Woerdt <> wrote:
> And you have a valid point, but you can't expect Twitter to build their
> stuff so that people can tweet while their boss does not want them to. ;-)
> Tom
> On 8/13/10 4:26 PM, TheGuru wrote:
> > Ha, well, I'm not the one circumventing this issue at work, I'm the
> > one who has an application with hundreds of thousands of users, many
> > of which are now affected...
> > On Aug 13, 9:21 am, Tom van der Woerdt <> wrote:
> >> In that case, just get back to work and stop tweeting :-)
> >> Tom
> >> On 8/13/10 4:15 PM, TheGuru wrote:
> >>> And, just to clarify, I am referring to web based api applications,
> >>> where are many, all if which are affected, as xAuth is NOT,
> >>> apparently, and option in this type of setup.
> >>> On Aug 13, 8:54 am, Tom van der Woerdt <> wrote:
> >>>> On 8/13/10 4:31 AM, TheGuru wrote:
> >>>>> I'm curious to post this question to see if Twitter has fully thought
> >>>>> out the impact of forcing OAuth onto their API applications.  While it
> >>>>> may appear to be a more secure method preferred in principle by users,
> >>>>> the fact of the matter is that one of the main benefits of the API, is
> >>>>> the ability for third party twitter alternatives to be created, thus
> >>>>> allowing people to tweet during "business hours", when they normally
> >>>>> could not due to firewall / web sense restrictions, etc, that prevent
> >>>>> them from accessing the domain.
> >>>>> Via basic authentication, users would never have to visit
> >>>>> to login and gain access to twitter functionality via api clients.  By
> >>>>> shutting this down, you are now forcing ALL potential users to login
> >>>>> via, many of which do not have access to this domain in
> >>>>> their workplace environment, thus excluding them from easily using
> >>>>> your service wholesale.
> >>>>> This can / will, I suspect, have significant impact on twitter usage /
> >>>>> volume, unless I am missing something and there is an alternative the
> >>>>> does not require them to directly access the domain to
> >>>>> grant access.
> >>>> My opinion: if your boss does not allow twitter, then don't do it.
> >>>> Although I have to admit that your point is valid, except for one major
> >>>> flaw: if was really blocked, then the API would be blocked
> >>>> as well ;-)
> >>>> Also, some (most) desktop clients do not require you to login via OAuth,
> >>>> but instead they use xAuth. I'm sorry that you will no longer be able to
> >>>> play the silly quizzes etc, but you'll just have to live with that :-)
> >>>> Tom

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