For a while today, a Twitter bug let anyone force anyone to follow their accounts. It was a hilariously simple trick, and equally bizarre. Even better? This bug was discovered by accident, by a Turkish Twitter user.
Here's what happened.
A Turkish guy named, Bora Kırca, figured out accidently that if you tweet "accept username", for example, billgates, then bill gates will follow you!
It worked. The Twitter service then began to go nuts, everyone's follow numbers shot to zero, and Bora's Twitter account was suspended. But how did he find this thing in the first place? Accidentally? Really?
[Bora] likes German metal band, "Accept", and to show his love, he tweets "accept pwnz"; but instead of seeing this post, he sees Twitter user "pwnz" follows him.
He told his girlfriend, and together they started doing exactly what anyone else would have: They made famous people follow them!
So far, Twitter can't do much but wait - on their engineers to clean up the mess, and to figure out exactly how this happened, and how to spin it! Their official line so far is written like a bug report:
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 of this too and all should shortly be resolved.
It seems obvious that this bug had been lingering for a while, and that it was just a matter of time before someone caught it. It also seems obvious that Twitter should have caught it before rolling the "ACCEPT" feature into the main site!
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