Followers vanish as Twitter tw*ts tweet bug
Twitter has squashed a bug that allowed users to force any other Twittering netizen into "following" them on its popular micro-blogging service, and in doing so, its engineers temporarily removed follower lists, leaving countless people feeling extremely unpopular.
It seems the bug was originally noticed by a Turkish blog before it reached the English-speaking world via a blog calling itself Webrazzi, which forced the likes of Twitter CEO Evan Williams and Facebook boss Mark Zuckerberg into following a dummy account.
The bug allowed users to boost their own follower lists simply by tweeting "accept@" along with a given Twitter user name.
With a post to its status page, Twitter later acknowledged the bug and announced its death. The fix involved turning off follower lists across the service
"We identified and resolved a bug that permitted a user to 'force' other users to follow them," Twitter's post reads. "We’re now working to rollback all abuse of the bug that took place. Follower/following numbers are currently at 0; we’re aware and this too should shortly be resolved."
It appears that follower lists have indeed be restored. "Back from school, says one recent tweet. "Man that 0 followers 0 following thing scared the crap out of me! i'm glad it has been resolved."
"hmm tnk God," reads another. "'Following: 0 Followers: 0' dat is wat i saw 5mins ago::::i jumpd up nd i realise twitter is fixin' a problem dats y....!!" ®
can someone translate this in English? thanks.
Any why is this news? how is tw*tter getting rid of people claiming "big lists" and people realising that no one is actually following the inanity and minutia of their lives actually important.
sorry never got the concept of it and prolly never will.
I really hope your use of English was a deliberate joke on the horrific crap that twitter posts - but I'm honestly not sure. Was it?
12 ? Nonsense !
When my daughter was 12 she could type in English better than that - and English isn't even her mother tongue !