Support » Plugins » [Plugin: Shareaholic] Issues with Twitter Button on New Version

  • Sorry to be the dumb guy here but:

    Around a week ago, I started noticing a new behavior for the Twitter share button on my site: instead of just opening a window to post something to Twitter (what I want and expect), the Shareaholic button forces the user to a whole process of signing in to Twitter and authorizing Shareaholic as an app (even though the user has a session w/ twitter in the same browser instance).

    I read this forum:

    It seems like the instructions are for an end user? If so, yikes, I can’t have users go through this kind of trouble just to share a post- they’ll never do it. Is this necessary? I thought the Shareaholic button just posts to Twitter w/ an input to create the Tweet of interest- to do that, why does Shareaholic need to be an authorized application?

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  • Hi acowan,

    Shareaholic uses OAuth to access Twitter through their API as a third-party developer. This allows more control over the sharing interface and extends the options available to us through Twitter.

    Here’s Twitter’s general overview of OAuth:

    Through the share data collected since transitioning to OAuth, we have found that Twitter-sharing through our products hasn’t taken any hits and has in fact increased.

    We actually integrated OAuth into our products a couple years ago. The only recent change is that we’ve updated the connection interface and integrated Facebook into the share panel to be optionally selected for sharing to both services simultaneously. 🙂

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