Monday, May 10, 2010

Twitter Bug - Follower Count is 0 for everyone

Twitter is showing 0 followers and 0 following for everyone.

Twitter Team is aware of this issue and they are working on to resolve it.

The twitter Status post shows below message.

Follow bug discovered, remedied

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.

Updates at 11:35PM IST

It seems this issue got resolved now, but the official Twitter Status blog is not yet confirmed this.

Now I am having below questions.

- When the actual issue(i-e bug that permitted a user to “force” other users to follow them)got introduced? Today? If it is there for long time means how the hackers are unknowing this issue? Or Twitter is testing something?

- Is it really possible for the Twitter Team to rectify the impact of the actual issue?

- And, what will happen to the followers who genuinely added in this time?

- Whether this issue is a Technical issue or hacking attempt?

If anyone know the answers or more details you can share thro' the comments.

Note that Twitter has reached 105 million registered users and is adding 300,000 new accounts per day.

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