Worries about application access have been floating in the Twitter streams of late. Many have voiced concerns about privacy breaches by applications that log users in to Twitter or access their account.
Turns out, those fears are well founded. The Twitter API can be exploited quite easily and let anyone gain access to your Direct Messages.
Using WordPress to Access Direct Messages
For the sake of simplicity, I’m using WordPress to demonstrate accessing Direct Message information.
The Twitter API allows developers access to lots of neat information. You can send messages, update statuses, and do whatever you so please. Sure, there are some permission settings available for developers (read vs. read/write), but few users read this stuff anyway.