The Twitter OAuthcalypse is coming!
Twitter has announced to developers that they will be turning off basic HTTP authentication for the API on June 30, 2010 in favor of the more secure OAuth protocol. This shouldn’t cause too much trouble for most users, though developers of Twitter applications need to hurry up and update their software.
OAuth reduces the risk of password theft, as you don’t have to give applications your password. You will also get a higher API limit.
Hopefully Twitter will have Loren Brichter cook up a patch for Tweetie for Mac, as it does not yet support OAuth. (Tweetie for iPhone doesn’t either, but that’s guaranteed to be fixed right away, as it’s now the official Twitter app.)