Twitter News – Zero Followers Glitch!
Last night, a twitter bug forced the microblogging site to set their users’ followers and following count to zero in an attempt to make the lists accurate. At around 11pm (IST), I was amazed to find that I have neither any followers nor any following on twitter.
I found a strange message on my Profile Page – You don’t have any followers just yet. You probably will soon, though!
I visited @twitter profile page and found two messages posted to inform users of this problem:
1 hour ago via web by biz
30 minutes ago via web by jennadawn
I also visited the profile page of Biz Stone, Co-founder of Twitter, Inc. He also posted a message in this regard.
25 minutes ago via web by jennadawn
I visited the Twitter Status Blog when the problem started, and again just before posting this article for the latest updates. Here are the details:
Follow bug discovered
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.
Update (2:42 PM PST): We’re continuing work on rolling back abuse of the bug; in the meantime, if there’s folks you’re following that you didn’t choose to follow, you can block them or unfollow them.
Update (6:30 PM PST): We’ve finished our cleanup of the spurious followings generated a result of this bug. If you are still seeing folks you are following who you didn’t choose to follow, please use the block or unfollow tools to remedy.
The latest Twitter bug is understood to have been caused by a Turkish Twitter user called Bora Kirca (@borakrc), allowing users to follow anyone including celebrities and twitterites. He figured out accidentally that if you tweet ‘accept’ followed by @ and any given Twitter username, for example billgates, then Bill Gates will follow you.” No wonder, his twitter user account is suspended.
Hacker or Innocent Victim
The 17-year-old Turkish student, Bora Kirca, from the north Turkish city of Zonguldak, accused of hacking into Twitter programming and leaving users, including twitterites, with no followers, denied he was a hacker. All he did was stumble across problems with the site and tried to pass the information on to Twitter without success.
Twitter moved quickly to fix the bug, but not quick enough to stop it hitting the accounts of a number of high-profile Twitterers including Oprah Winfrey, pop star Justin Bieber and Tinseltown’s favourite couple Ashton Kutcher and Demi Moore.
Gizmodo was first to break the news of the bug, reporting: “Follow this dead-simple guide to force any Twitter user – from Oprah (Winfrey) to (Ashton) Kutcher – to follow you. No, seriously.”
“For hours, thousands of people were able to take control of other people’s Twitter accounts with a trick so easy that even the newest Twitterer could execute it,” the report added.
A Twitter spokesperson said about the problem: “We identified and resolved a bug that permitted a user to ‘force’ other users to follow them.
“We’re now working to roll back all abuse of the bug that took place.”
What the Twitterites Posted
SET OFF CIVIL AIR ALARMS..MOVE STATUS TO DEFCON 5..PUT SMALL CHILDREN IN THE BASEMENT..TWITTER IS EXPLODING! #damnyouzucker
I MISS YOU ALL!!!!!! COME BACK TWITTER COME BACK!!!
RT @TechCrunch: Hey Twitter, Can We Have Our 1.4 Million Followers Back? – http://tcrn.ch/9sRn6Y by @erickschonfeld
Actually @jlopezvalcarcel I +love+ that everyone right now on Twitter is equal with 0 followers. I wish they’d just get rid of the # anyway.
Twitter resolves bug that let you force anyone to follow you – http://bit.ly/9dRK6z
Don’t worry about losing your Twitter followers. We have paused our processing so your @klout score will not drop.
What the Indian Celebrities Tweeted
A big hello to zero followers
Wanna meet the turkish hacker? He’s supercool! LoL
Salman Khan (@BeingSalmanKhan)
I am glad this 0 thingy has happned cos all the celebs were into how many followers they have. It eventually goes to their head.
Thx for not messin with ‘our’ heads! N shatterin egos! I’m glad with 0 followers! N hope all from my industry r ok as well. Just need ur luv
Sameera Reddy (@reddysameera)
is twitter hacked or something??? i have 0 following /followers !!! its actually liberating. we all on neutral. i like!
its happening with you guys too!!! its really strange but i like that we all together but not really as numbers! what say? !
guys i am getting every tweet so we are all still here!what are numbers anyway? sachinT Junior B, u me we all the same!thats a good thing!:)
Goodnite tweeple! the twitter glitch was entertaining but All izz welll! saw a wonderful film #Coco Before Chanel ! sleep tight ZZZzzzz
Shekhar Kapur (@shekharkapur)
U guys all there? For sum reason my twitter a/c shows zero followers suddenly. U think I’ve been hacked?
Sonakshi Sinha (@sonakshisinha)RT @twitter
Follow bug discovered, remedied. Read our status blog for details. http://bit.ly/dhQ3fF
Sophie Choudry (@Sophie_Choudry)Last nite’s twitter hacker experience turned evry1 frm hero 2 zero in a second..literally!Haha!Agree with @BeingSalmanKhan.Only luv matters
Some Applauds and Brickbats for Bora Kirca
#sozlukeko brakes twitter’s wings. Thnx @borakrc, thnx http://www.sozlukeko.com/
olaylarin sorumlusu eleman ; you are suspended baby. @borakrc
@borakrc STOP HACKING TAYLOR!!! You’re only hurting people, and you need to get a life.
and The Ugly!
@borakrc you’re so fxx pointless. go fxxxxxx kill yourself. @taylorswift13 is life, your hell. FXXX YOU.
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