Deprecation Notice: XML Support on Streaming APIs will be dropped on Dec 6th, 2010

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Taylor Singletary

Nov 8, 2010, 5:21:54 PM11/8/10
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Hi Developers,

We will end support for XML on all Streaming APIs on Dec 6th, 2010, after encouraging developers to use JSON-based output formats for some time now. This deprecation does not apply to the REST or Search APIs, but all clients requesting XML from, regardless of role and method (sample, filter, follow, etc) will be affected.

If you're currently connecting to an XML-based Twitter Streaming API endpoint, you'll need to migrate your code to consume JSON by Monday December 6th, 2010 (approximately four weeks from now). According to our records, only a very small number of developers are consuming XML via streams today. 

Now would be a good time for streaming clients to verify that they are using JSON. If you're still using XML, please migrate to JSON as soon as possible. User/Site Streams implementations should already be JSON-only.

As a reminder, we encourage using OAuth to connect to the Streaming API -- basic authentication, while supported today on, will also be deprecated at a future date. 

Please respond with any questions or concerns.

Taylor Singletary
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