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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 …

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WTF?

huh?

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.

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English

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?

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Abandonment Issues

After maybe 5 minutes there where a number of trending topics along the lines of "Following 0" and "Zero Followers", with most of the people I know asking the same thing, "What the hell is going on?".

I didn't panic, I knew exactly what went wrong. Someone had dropped a bollock at Twitter command. It was funny whilst it lasted, with possibly thousands or people panicking they they had been hacked or said something offensive. I was tempted on sending a few tweets along the lines of "How could you say that. No wonder no-ones following you." as a joke, until I realised not everyone would appreciate that bit of humour.

Ah well, wasted opportunity.

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Moral goes here

The point is that Twitter's so-called "engineers" don't know what they're doing. They have built-in massive loopholes into the system, but forgotten where they are.

Wanna bet your business, or marketing campaign, on Twitter being smart? Or would you rather bet some Russian teenager can find the bugs faster than the doozies can rub them out.

I know where my money is going.

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Bug?

Quite - this sounds less like a bug to me, and more of a long-forgotten feature, or early development debug tool. Wonder how many more there are....

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know where your money goes

If a company is spending money on using a free service tehn something, somewhere, has gone badly wrong, non?

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Its Ironic

Considering how Twitter-tards were saying how "sysadmins" were going to have to get with the program or lose their job only last week....

Dear Tw*t,er - you obviously have no clue and seriously need some good sysadmins. Stop insulting them.

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WTF?

WTF?

"'Following: 0 Followers: 0' dat is wat i saw 5mins ago::::i jumpd up nd i realise twitter is fixin' a problem dats y....!!"

Such eloquence, eh? What language is that anyway? Redneck? Elmer Fudd?

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language

I believe its 12 Year Old child

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12 ? Nonsense !

When my daughter was 12 she could type in English better than that - and English isn't even her mother tongue !

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Boffin

This is proof positive

That Twitter is only for Twits.

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Headmaster

RE: This is proof positive

You made a small spelling mistake there.

The word you're looking for is *like* "twits" but it has an "a" in it.

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Not a bug

Bypassing the approval system is a feature for testers. Of course, any good programmer can tell you that such things should always be removed before the final build. That was clearly not done in this case, and could have been (ab)used for years. Yet another failure of security by obscurity.

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hrmph

Those sample twats you posted remind me of why I don't bother with twatter. Thank you!

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Semi-literate nonsense

"'Following: 0 Followers: 0' dat is wat i saw 5mins ago::::i jumpd up nd i realise twitter is fixin' a problem dats y....!!"

Generally I'd blame the user rather than the platform but the 140 character limit really does encourage semi-literate nonsense like this.

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It's not the 140 chars, it's the 40 IQ

Follow the link to the Twatterer in question. I don't think it's Twattle itself that is the problem

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If a twatterer has 0 Followers ...

... do they still exist? How would they know?

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