Tweetings for iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad and Mac
Tweetings uses Twitter’s oAuth authentication on their website. Tweetings never sees your account password and never communicates any information to 3rd Party servers except for communication with Twitter and, if configured, Facebook. We may also communicate to our servers and those of media providers, this is detailed below.
OAuth is an authentication protocol that allows users to approve application to act on their behalf without sharing their password. More information can be found at oauth.net
or in the excellent Beginner’s Guide to OAuth
from Hueniverse. See Twitter’s website
for more information about oAuth specific to their service.
You can at any time revoke permission to Tweetings to access your Twitter account from the Twitter.com website. If you do so, of course you will not be able to use our Apps or push notification system.
When uploading to third party services such as TwitPic, yFrog, etc we use a service called oAuth Echo to authenticate your account. This only communicates information specific to authenticating against Tweetings and does not include your Twitter username or password and uses special hashed strings that are only useable for our application.
Optionally you can also opt for the content of your tweet to be posted with the media to these third party services. This is disabled by default and if posting media as part of a Direct Message we will not send the text, however the media may still be publicly available depending on the restrictions of the third party service.
See Twitter’s website for more information about oAuth Echo
When registering for push notifications we request some information from your client. This includes your unique device identifier, your username, your Apple push notification identifier (supplied by Apple) and your oAuth credentials from Twitter and the id number of the top tweets in your DM, mentions and home timelines. We only capture the tweet ids and not the content of any of those tweets.
When you first load Tweetings, your iPhone/iPad/iPod Touch will ask permission to send you push notifications. If you say no then we won’t do anything else.
If you say yes then we will register you on our servers to recieve notifications.
The oAuth credentials we request from your device are useless without the accompaning keys that only we hold on our systems.
For push notifications we connect to a Twitter system called Site Streams. This allows us to monitor your mentions and direct messages to send your device, and only your device a notification when a new message is delivered. This system is automated and we treat your privacy very seriously, and we promise to keep your account information secure. When we get a notification to send to you, we send it to only to you through Apple’s push notification servers.
We also monitor Apple’s feedback servers, and if you uninstall Tweetings, we’ll automatically remove your account information from our databases after 7 days. In addition, if you don’t load Tweetings for more than 7 days, we’ll automatically suspend push notifications and remove your oAuth tokens. To re-enable push after 7 days, simply load Tweetings as normal!
To suspend push notifications, simply go to the Settings on your device, the Notifications section, scroll to Tweetings and turn all the settings to off.
Tweetings Sync is a service to allow you to synchronise your timelines across multiple devices and platforms using Tweetings. For this to occur we request your device identifier, your username and the top tweet identifiers of your home, mentions and direct message timelines. These tweet id’s are simply a numeric numbers and contain no other information at all.
Tweetings Sync is disabled by default on all platforms and must be explicitly enabled
Twitlonger and other Expansion Services
Expansion servies such as TwitLonger allow you to post Tweets over 140 characters. These services work by taking your tweet, shortening it to fit within Twitter’s 140 character limit and provide a link at the end of the Tweet to get the full text.
We ALWAYS ask you if you wish to do this before posting any content to these services. We do not allow you to use these services for Direct Messages.
Please be aware that if your account is a Private account on Twitter and you post to these services, your tweet text may be visible publicly. We will always warn you about that too.
You can opt to also post messages to update your Facebook status. This is not enabled by default and can be fully configured in app to post all messages or selectively only post the ones you select. Replies to users and Direct Messages are never posted to Facebook.