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Update Twitter Status using PHP and OAuth

Prior to Twitter requiring the use of OAuth to authenticate a user, it was possible to update your status on Twitter using PHP and your Twitter username and password credentials. Probably the most popular way to do this was to use Curl as shown in the following example: <?php $username = ‘your_twitter_username’; $password = ‘your_twitter_password’; $message = ‘Using PHP and curl to update my status’; $url = ‘http://twitter.com/statuses/update.xml’; $curl_handle = curl_init(); curl_setopt($curl_handle, CURLOPT_POST, 1); curl_setopt($curl_handle, CURLOPT_POSTFIELDS, "status=$message"); curl_setopt($curl_handle, CURLOPT_USERPWD, "$username:$password"); curl_setopt($curl_handle, CURLOPT_URL, "$url"); curl_setopt($curl_handle, CURLOPT_CONNECTTIMEOUT, 2); curl_setopt($curl_handle, CURLOPT_RETURNTRANSFER, 1); $status = curl_exec($curl_handle); curl_close($curl_handle); print_r($status); ?> This method of authentication using