World Cup 2010 slows Twitter’s complete switch to OAuth

For those of you who know all about Twitter’s OAuth and were expecting it to take over from the basic authentication on June 30, there is news today of a delay to the proceedings. For those of you who hadn’t yet heard about OAuth I’ll try to explain what it is.

There are 2 ways presently of connecting to Twitter apps, one being basic authentication, putting in your username and password, and the other being OAuth. OAuth allows users to access applications with “tokens” in place of data, according to an article by Ben Parr on Mashable. Twitter had originally planned to stop using basic authentication by June 30.

A countdown clock was even underway. However, lately Twitter has suffered some instability with its internal network leading to fail messages and downtime, and now the World Cup 2010 is complicating matters further because of heavy load. Twitter’s Raffi Krikorian, says that the company has now decided to delay the end of basic authentication limiting it from August 16, and phasing it out completely by August 31.

For more on this go to mashable.com. Twitter is not having an easy time of late and this appears to be a setback but it’s probably a sensible move not to progress until they are fully ready. We’d like to know what you think about this so please do send in your comments.