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Tweeting Gone Wild

Sep 21, 2010   //   by FreshTraffic   //   facebook, internet news, tweets, twitter  //  355 Comments

Twitter.com made it’s own set of headlines recently two fold. First, they roll out their new design, and then they managed to be taken advantage of. Through a clever use of the onmouseover tag of javascripting, a worm was running amok on the micro blogging service. It was self-replicating, affecting all users who were directly using Twitter.com. Tweetdeck and other Twitter apps, were unaffected. Drive by attacks aren’t just in the real world anymore it seems.

Can you Facebook?

It may seem intuitive to be able to use Facebook and it’s services. Maybe the problem was a comprehension issue then. A 14 year old English girl learned the hard way to always double check before you submit an event on Facebook. With her upcoming 15th birthday party, she’d decided that Facebooking the event would be the surest way to invite all of her friends to attend, neglecting however to privatise the affair. Instead of only having those she wished to attend, there were 21,000 attendees confirmed for the (now) gala event. Alas, the girls parents decided that perhaps having that many people at their house wouldn’t work, and called off the party, and even so the local police are ready for any surprise events.

That the girl made a simple enough mistake in not privatising her party to her invitees only, it opened the door that Facebooks privacy settings are too difficult to administer. To think, that all she had to do was actually read the page she was using to post the event, and uncheck the box labelled: Anyone can view and RSVP (public event) Accountability it seems, is never a personal responsibility.

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