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An Answer for Twitter OAuth-pacalypse

May 20, 2010
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An Answer for Twitter OAuth-pacalypse

For your smaller Twitter API projects, bash scripts etc, we have launched SuperTweet.net in case you don’t get OAuth implemented by the time Basic Auth goes away June 30, 2010. It’s a Twitter proxy – you use Basic Auth to talk to the proxy, and it uses OAuth to talk to Twitter. For example, to…

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Is it time to drop the Twit, Tweet, etc. from your App Name?

April 10, 2010
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Is it time to drop the Twit, Tweet, etc. from your App Name?

There has been a storm of sorts this past week surrounding Twitter, their developers, and the “ecosystem”.  It started with some comments from VC Fred Wilson followed by comments from Twitter CEO Ev Williams in a New York Times interview, and culminating in Twitter buying Atebits and thereby creating an official iPhone app: Tweetie. This…

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Twitmart ported OFF of Google App Engine

October 16, 2009
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I discussed a few weeks ago how I had ported the Twitmart.org site to Google App Engine for Java as an experiment.  This was an excellent learning experience.  Unfortunately, the performance on App Engine was simply unacceptable, so now the site is back off of App Engine and running on one of my own servers…

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Experimenting with Google AppEngine for Java

October 1, 2009
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A while back, I noted that Google had announced that they would be supporting Java on their AppEngine cloud computing platform. I finally got around to working on a significant AppEngine for Java project (something beyond “hello world” or the demo “Guestbook” app). Working with my friend and colleague, and serious Java guru, Mark Petrovic…

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Twitter Spam and GO0GLE-WIZARD.com

July 31, 2009
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Who is running Twitter and where are the engineers? The GO0GLE-WIZARD.com spam thing is frustrating for two reasons: It means Twitter usernames and password were stolen from somewhere. That’s what Twitter needs to focus on rather than suspending the accounts of those that got their IDs stolen. Second, this was a simple enough attack that…

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Another Twitter password stealing spamming scam

July 30, 2009
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Another Twitter password stealing spamming scam

Here we go again. A site called GO0GLE-WIZARD.com is actively posting bogus (forged) tweets on behalf of thousands of compromised Twitter accounts. There’s a few differences from the similar twittercut episode a few weeks ago. In the case of GO0GLE-WIZARD.com, it’s not yet obvious where the site is getting the compromised account credentials. Presumably, the…

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BEWARE: twittercut is a password stealing SCAM!

May 26, 2009
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A quick search on twitter will show this site is bogus: http://search.twitter.com/search?q=twittercut DO NOT sign up there (or even visit the site).  If you did sign up, change your Twitter password asap. Here’s what the home page to the site says: Welcome to TwitterCut.com. TwitterCut.com is the best place for you to grow your twitter…

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Twitter #fixreplies and “intelligent” networks

May 20, 2009
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A few weeks ago, I said “Twitter is a “Stupid Network” (the good kind)”. It turns out I was wrong. Twitter created the #fixreplies problem (see here and here) for themselves when they decided to treat these tweets specially from the start, breaking the end-to-end principle. These are tweets by people I follow – they…

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#fixreplies hack – shows what Tweets you’re missing

May 17, 2009
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#fixreplies hack – shows what Tweets you’re missing

UPDATE May 18 2009: fixed some bugs, removed Twitter API rate limit issues, and simplified usage to one simple HTML file I put together a little hack that shows the tweets you’re no longer getting. It’s pretty hacky and requires some manual labor to use, but some people may find it entertaining. I decided to…

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Twitter #fixreplies fiasco is telling

May 14, 2009
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I’ve seen many people try to explain (or argue with someone) about why Twitter matters, what they use it for, why it’s cool. These conversations are often interesting in how they demonstrate that even people that love Twitter often can’t explain it to anybody. Sometimes I think these people aren’t even sure themselves what they…

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