World Cup 2010: Twitter severe load and downtime

With the ongoing FIFA World Cup Twitter has experienced severe load and downtime, this has resulted in Twitter announcing they are to postpone a complete switch to OAuth dubbed the — OAuthcalypse — by one and half months.

Ben Parr from website is reporting that currently there are two different ways to connect to Twitter apps. The first is basic authentication where a user has to provide their password and username. The second way is OAuth where users hand out “tokens” instead of account data.

Twitter originally intended to stop the use of basic authentication on June 30th, and provided a countdown clock so application developers would be ready for the event. With all the problems Twitter has now decided to move back OAuth until a full month after the World Cup ends to August 16th, with the switch to be complete by August 31st.

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Written by Gary Johnson

Gary has a background in engineering and passion for motorcycles, gadgets, and home cinema. In his early years, his obsession for Hi-Fi technology would see him creating the perfect setup with a good ear for sound quality. While Gary is keen to write about most topics that PR covers, his love for phones finds him reporting a lot of news about applications for iPhone, Android, and other popular operating systems


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