Hablamos español—but secure, please

Spanish is the first of currently 4 languages that are about to get added to Twitter.  All of these translations are completely user-based, that is, they were created by chosen people who can talk the target languages fluently.  You can now switch the Twitter website to Spanish.  Here is how.

¿Qué estás haciendo?

  1. Open in your favorite browser.
  2. Sign in or create a free account.
  3. On the top navigation, click Settings.
  4. Scroll down to Language, and choose Spanish – español.
  5. Click Save.

Twitter: ¿Qué estás haciendo?

Some thoughts on compromised accounts

If you recently had to change your Twitter password because somebody had unauthorized access to it (e.g. you tried a third-party service that resulted in being a spammer service), you should know that you are not in complete control over your account yet.  Why?  The key to this security problem lies in OAuth.  OAuth is the authorization system that allows third-party services access to your account without needing to know your password.  So, in theory, the service you have tried might have authorized a bad service of their own using OAuth.  Then, even after you changed your password, this service still has access to your account.

While Yahoo offers to revoke granted permissions when resetting your password, Twitter currently does not.  Until Twitter adds this feature, you should always look through the list of applications have access to your account via OAuth, after you changed your password.  To do this, follow these steps:

  1. Open
  2. Sign in with your Twitter account and password.
  3. On the top menu, click Settings.
  4. Switch to the Connections tab.
  5. Go through the list and revoke access for any application that you do not know or trust.
  6. Now you should be on the safe side.

Twitter Connections: Revoke Access