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Twitter Changes How You Authorize Third-Party Apps

I like to use HootSuite to tweet most of the time. I like the ability to schedule tweets, the way the mobile interface works on my phone, and how I can lay out all my tweets, @ messages, and DMs all on the same page to read at once, rather than skip between different tabs. In order to enjoy all those features I had to give HootSuite access to my Twitter account. I’ve also given a number of other things access to me on Twitter (@emily BTW) such as this site, some of the games I play, and some social network ranking stuff.

While it’s certainly a given to me that HootSuite is going to have access to my DM messages … I’d be pretty upset if some of the other services I’ve given access to were also reading them.

Today, Twitter made it a little easier to figure out what sort of information applications are trying to get access to by launching a new detailed permissions screen. Now, whenever you connect a third-party application, you are taken to a screen that details exactly what that application will be able to see and do with your account.

Applications that specifically have access to your direct messages will have to ask for permission to do so again, and those that don’t “need” that functionality will lose it by the end of the month.

How do you feel about giving third-party applications access to your tweets? Do you care if those third-parties can check out your DMs?


Emily Price

Emily has been obsessed with computers since the early 80s when she discovered she could play Ghostbusters on her father's Commodore 64. She...

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