Thu, 8 July 2010

TwitExport 2 is the successor to iPhoto2Twitter and Aperture2Twitter. These two plug-ins were released in the first half of 2009. So, with a few thousand users and about a year’s worth of reputation-building, why would I want to change the name? Well, I didn’t want to, but I had to. In November 2009, Twitter published new Guidelines for Use of the Twitter Trademark. This is in the “Naming your Application or Product, Applying for a Domain” section:

Don't: Use Twitter in the name of your website or application.

I only found out about that a few weeks ago. As you may have heard, Twitter will very soon switch off its currently used system for authenticating users and replace it with something called OAuth, a completely different way of verifying a user’s identity. Because of that, every application that’s interacting with Twitter needs to register with Twitter in order to be allowed to use the new system. And that’s where the iPhoto2Twitter and Aperture2Twitter names got rejected.

This finally gave me a good reason to merge the two products, something I had been wanting to do for some time now. TwitExport now only has one installer that will give you the option to install the plug-in for iPhoto, Aperture or both. It will automatically uninstall iPhoto2Twitter and Aperture2Twitter. The user interface was redesigned to be even easier to use than before and the plug-ins now use the new authentication with Twitter. That means that your password no longer has to be shared with external services like TwitPic and Mobypicture.

Once Twitter switches off their old authentication, you’ll no longer be able to use iPhoto2Twitter or Aperture2Twitter. It’s been delayed before, but the deadline is now set for August 16th.

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