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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How To Make Big Money Online Doing Literally No Work

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You know it’s nothing more than a gateway to disaster, but you’re going to read it anyway. That’s why “Make Money Online!” articles are still a major battleground on the search engines.

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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

Scrankers: New-Age Online Kerb-Crawlers in Close-up

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Scrankers. They’re the virtual world’s answer to kerb-crawlers… Except their highway is Twitter, their vehicle is a computing device full of Porn Valley evercookies, and their wallets are invariably empty.

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Hot King Lycra Promises Hottest Ever Performance!

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Grant Greenstripe (Talent Agent):
Fans of the new sensation in the underbelly of the UK music scene can still get their hands on the last few precious tickets to see Hot King Lycra live tonight. Now tipped to be the biggest seller in popular music since Elvis and The Beatles, Hot King Lycra has said of tonight’s performance…

“You will never have seen anything like this before. In two momentous, game-changing hours, I am going to revolutionise the face of popular music. ”

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