Twitter, Come On April’s Fool Has Gone Since Long
Some half and hour back, when I logged in to my twitter account, I was like “woho, why are my Followers/Following counts all 0“. Searching around on their support threads, I saw other users complaining as well, infact there were a whole lot of them.
Why All Twitter Counts Gone Back To 0 – The Force-Follow Twitter Exploit
The reason behind this weird, and perhaps frustrating, behaviour stems from an apparent ‘Force someone to follow you on twitter bug‘. In other words, even if X is not following you, you can use an exploit to make him/her follow you.
Twitter just tweeted that to solve this bug, they had to put offline the Following/Followers count module.
Follow count display is set to 0 and follow/unfollow is temporarily offline while we fix a bug.
Is that really true, or was it that twitter wanted to hide yet another bug?
How Does The Force-Follow Twitter Exploit Work?
There are two ways (known till now) to force someone to follow you, these are:
- accept [Twitter username] – That is, just tweet in: accept 7php and you would force me to follow you!
- accept @username– That is just tweet accept @7php and bingo, you have me follow you!
Can I Do It Too? Urm, Not Anymore!
Twitter finally claimed that they have just fixed this exploit. I fear you are too late to experiment or play with this (awesome?) bug. 😛
Follow bug discovered, remedied. 17 minutes ago
We identified and resolved a bug that permitted a user to “force” other users to follow them. 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.
Update (10:18 AM PST): Of note: protected updates did not become public as a result of this bug.
The Best Twitter Joke Of The Day Goes To Mike Melanson
Here’s a quote from the post Mike Melanson made:
Have I mentioned how cool I am? This morning alone, Bill Gates, Conan O’Brien and Jesus all started following me on Twitter. Seriously.