Twitter’s new service, named @earlybird, is an official Twitter account that the company plans to feed with deals at both online and offline retailers, as well as “sneak peeks and events.” Users who follow the account will see these entries just like any other tweet in their stream.
This is a new way Twitter found to increase its income and at the same time try to give its users some interesting offer deals.
Twitters can interact with it, by sending in companies and events they think the company should work with and share with the other thousands of followers of @earlybird.
Twitter has confirmed the existence of a bug that can force one user to follow another.
The bug appears to have originally been noticed by a Turkish blog, followed by the blog Webrazzi, which successfully tested it out and forced the Twitter accounts of industry luminaries like Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and Twitter CEO Evan Williams to follow a dummy profile. The flaw allowed members to add followers to their own accounts, basically, by tweeting “accept” followed by “@” and any given Twitter user name.
As a result, it’s not yet clear how long the bug had been in existence or whether it could potentially give Twitter users access to the contents of “protected” accounts in which all tweets are private.
But according to the Twitter’s Status Blog, protected updates did not become public as a result of this bug.
Update: apparently the counters of Following and Followers are normal again.
Thousands of Twitter users have seen their accounts hijacked after a viral phishing attack which sends out messages saying “this you??” or “hey, i’ve been having better sex and longer with this here” and other sex-related “direct” messages.
The purpose of the attack, which began early on Thursday morning, is initially to draw people to the sites that hijack the accounts, and possibly install malware able to steal passwords on the user’s computer. Another purpose may be simple identity theft: because people often use the same passwords and usernames on multiple services, getting access to one service can provide access to others too.
Twitter users are advised to follow Twitter safety account, which provides advice when such scams are spreading.
Account-shortening services such as bit.ly can block dangerous links, but only after they are alerted to them. The other option is to inspect the link before clicking on it – which the Twitter web page and Tweetdeck, a cross-platform program, do allow.
Spam and phishing attacks are a continual problem for Twitter, which is comparatively easy to join.
Watch the video below, so you can understand what I’m talking about.