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4. Twitter: Friends, Followers, and Setw... > RESTful and OAuth-Cladded APIs

RESTful and OAuth-Cladded APIs

The year 2010 will be remembered by some as the transition period in which Twitter started to become “all grown up.” Basic HTTP authentication got replaced with OAuth[24] (more on this shortly), documentation improved, and API statuses became transparent, among other things. Twitter search APIs that were introduced with Twitter’s acquisition of Summize collapsed into the “traditional” REST API, while the streaming APIs gained increasing use for production situations. If Twitter were on the wine menu, you might pick up the 2010 bottle and say, “it was a good year—a very good year.” All that said, there’s a lot of useful information tucked away online, and this chapter aims not to reproduce any more of it than is absolutely necessary.


  

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