Yesterday, Twitter updated its API (the method by which websites and other programs access Twitter feeds) so that a particular kind of authentication (oAuth) is required.
“Big woop”, you may say, or possibly “what are you talking about?”.
Well, if you use WordPress, it may affect you.
What it means is that any WordPress plugins or widgets that access Twitter using the older “basic authentication” method have now stopped working, as I found out when I looked at this site and a couple of client sites yesterday.
For a while I have used a Twitter widget that I created myself, to show 2 or 3 recent tweets in the sidebar of this site. Alas, because I used the simplest code I could (I’m lazy), my widget which used basic authentication doesn’t work any more.
So, I did a few minutes of research, which convinced me that my life is waaay too short to rewrite my widget using the extremely horrible oAuth protocol. Instead, I checked out the WordPress approved plugin repository and quickly found a plugin called Tweet Blender which, with a tiny bit of extra CSS added to my theme, does exactly what I need with no questions asked. As you can see if you cast your eyes towards my sidebar. I can highly recommend it. 🙂