Twitter improves third party app authorizations

May 19th, 2011 by | 2 Comments

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Since Twitter opened its API to the public, many app developers have leveraged on it to create integrations with their own sites and have developed their own apps to enhance the whole Twitter experience. Many startups have been set up, contributing to the growing plethora of apps, and offsite feature integrations and aggregations across different platforms. All these make the whole Twitter ecosystem an organic atmosphere where social interactions and content sharing thrive.

While third-party sites and apps continue to push Twitter use and functionality forward, not all of them will be thoroughly honest with regard to their access to your information. Data security can be really tricky for an expansive Web app, especially one with an open system that freely shares the codes underneath its dead-simple interface to the public.

This week, Twitter implemented a few tweaks to this authorization system, allowing its users to “make more informed choices about the way third-party apps integrate with your Twitter account.”

According to the Twitter blog, the updated authorization process will give you more control over the information you share with third party apps, and will even offer up detailed information about the Twitter integration. Part of this is a redesign of the authorization prompt window which before will only inform you that a particular third party app will be accessing some of your data on Twitter, and asks whether you want to allow it or not. The new authorization prompt will include details like what you will be permitting the app to do, and what it won’t have access to in your Twitter data.

This is part of Twitter’s effort to better its services focusing on the security of its continuously growing user base. After all, devious utilities and malicious apps can masquerade as “useful” Web tools hard-wired with various intrusion schemes. Because they can gain access to your private information, the amount of potential damage it can cause on a brand’s online reputation, and social engagements with their followers can get astronomical.

“We’ve been preparing these changes in response to requests from users and developers who asked for a greater level of clarity and control. For a summary of the applications you’ve approved or to make changes to this list, visit the “Applications” page in your Twitter account.”

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