Category Archives: Twitter

Are Twitter’s ‘Locked Accounts’ a Ransom Racket?

A while back, I wrote a post called Zero Guy, which looked at a seemingly growing phenomenon of Twitter users unfollowing their entire friend list. I’d always assumed this was a deliberate action. But as I discovered in the course of the past week, it may not be the account holders who are unfollowing literally ALL of their friends. It may in fact be Twitter. There’s a suggestion that this might all be part of a ransom racket which has heavily damaged the accounts and public image of some users who won’t ‘pay up’…

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How Snoopers Access the Tweets in Your Protected Twitter Account

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As an advocate of online privacy, I’ve issued numerous warnings on how easily Internet users can bypass the supposed protections on social media. In this latest installment, I’m going to begin by informing you that… brace yourself… the Account Protection feature on Twitter does NOT retrospectively protect your tweets.

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The Psychology of the Twitter Egg Troll

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Twitter trolls come in various forms, but one of the most predictable is surely the classic, anonymous, “egg troll”. If you’ve received aggressive, critical or insulting tweets from a faceless character-assassin who unexpectedly emerged from the depths of the Twittersphere, you’ve already met the egg troll. But don’t take his criticism seriously. It isn’t really you he derides. It’s himself.

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Twitter’s REAL Hashtag Pioneers

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If you’re the kind of person who believes everything written on Wikipedia (and even TV/radio organisations seem to regard Wiki as fact these days), there’s no point in you reading this.

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Direct Message Read Receipts: Another Desperate Mistake For Twitter?

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Essential modernisation. A good way to demonstrate that you’re proactively ignoring someone. A stalker’s charter… These are some of the reactions to Twitter’s introduction, on 8th September 2016, of Read Receipts for Direct Messages. Although Tweeps can opt out, Twitter automatically opted users into the new system without warning, consent, or in many cases, even knowledge.

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The Mystery of the First Tweet on Twitter

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Above: What might have been. A speculative mock up of the REAL first Tweet on Twitter.

When asked about the first Tweet on Twitter, many long-time users of the site will probably refer to Jack Dorsey’s “just setting up my twttr” message of Tuesday 21st March 2006. Here it is…

This Tweet is widely recognised as the “first Tweet on Twitter”, and it is unquestionably the earliest Tweet surviving in public view. But there are some fascinating geek facts surrounding the oft-retweeted submission. For a start, it was not posted by a human being, and as we’re about to see, it was almost certainly NOT the first ever message posted to the service. Continue reading The Mystery of the First Tweet on Twitter

Why Junk and Spam Email Folders Are a Brainwash

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Why do we actually need a Junk email folder? Hmmm… Stupid question, right? The Junk folder separates all that annoying spam from the stuff we want to read. It’s the dustbin into which the useless rubbish is dumped. Consequently, the Junk folder is entirely necessary. Or is it?… Continue reading Why Junk and Spam Email Folders Are a Brainwash