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January 27, 2011
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We just finished up work on a Twitter proxy app called, "ThingTweet".

As you may or may not know, Twitter has introduced OAuth (Open Authentication) for third-party apps. OAuth is a little too much processing for a basic microcontroller to handle so we have created a service that handles the OAuth to Twitter and allows you to send status updates via the ThingSpeak API.

To try it out, sign in to https://thingspeak.com/login, select Apps from the menu, and then click on ThingTweet.

Under the ThingTweet App, select "Link new Twitter account". This will redirect you to Twitter to see if you want the app to have the ability to access your account. You can Allow or Deny the process. Once you have confirmed the right Twitter account, Twitter will send you back to ThingSpeak.

We then generate a new API Key for you to use. If you send an HTTP POST with your key, then the message will be relayed to Twitter. All of the parameters from the Twitter API (statuses/update) are possible.

The URI is:

http://api.thingspeak.com/apps/thingtweet/1/statuses/update

We made our URL / URI to be similar to the actual Twitter API so it may be a drop in / switch out with not much headache. The only new addition is that you must send an API Key along with the parameters or in the X-THINGSPEAKAPIKAY header.

api_key=(thingtweet_api_key)&status=I just posted this from a microcontroller!!!

I will get the full documentation on our docs page, but I wanted to give you some early access. Let me know how it works.

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