Feb 1, 2013

How to Get the email address from Twitter Developer API [Rant]

Posted Feb 1, 2013
You can't; sorry to disappoint. As of writing, this is an unresolved issue and many developers are hoping for a positive reply from the Twitter development team: See this discussion and this one for more information. Seems that the Twitter dev team has no plan to support getting the user's email address from Twitter API.

It is unfortunate that this is the case. One big factor of going through the pain of setting up a 3rd party single sign on service is to avoid the process of verifying the user's email address (which takes developer effort). In Twitter's case, you have to do both (set-up authentication AND verify user's email). The same goes for the user who still has to undergo the email verification process. -1 for usability.

I don't know if it's privacy issue that Twitter decided to opt this out, but Facebook and Google, along with other services, are allowing it. Just be transparent and say to the user, this application will know about your email address. What's the big deal, Twitter?


  1. This is the reason I can safely say that I will NEVER implement twitter sign in on any of my webs.

  2. is there any tool or the browser extension where you can get an email address of the user?