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Monday, May 10, 2010

Twitter fails, and the Twitterverse declares Twittmageddon

Someone discovered a bug yesterday that allowed Twitter users to force people into following them.

After Twitter discovered the bug, it set everyone's follow/follower count to 0.

Follow count display is set to 0 and follow/unfollow is temporarily offline while we fix a bug.less than a minute ago via web

Shortly thereafter, Twitter fixed the problem.

Follow bug discovered, remedied. Read our status blog for details. http://bit.ly/dhQ3fFless than a minute ago via web

But not before the Twitterdom declared the end of times. Here are but some examples:

* Trentonian columnist Jeff Edelstein decided to use one social network to talk about the other.

* Social Media guru (and Journal Register Company advisory board member) Jeff Jarvis had a moment of maturity.

You mean no one is following me right now? I can do anything? OK: Fart.less than a minute ago via Echofon

* Teen sensation Justin Bieber put his army into motion.

hackers i send a warning...u have now pissed off over 2 million teenage girls. They are more dangerous than Navy Seals.less than a minute ago via web

* Conan O'Brien thinks of the future, probably IN THE YEAR 2000!

Twitter exploded today! I guess my dream of a world where Twitter runs our stock market, phones, and nuclear defense is still a ways off.less than a minute ago via web

* Ashton Kutcher was happy.

twitter is being hacked by some turkish hacker. haha I have 0 followers.less than a minute ago via Brizzly

* Tom Fletcher of McFly was sad.

I have no followers...It's the end of the world! I'm alone and miserable again. HELLO...hello...hello (echoes through the empty void)less than a minute ago via web

* Wired Magazine freaked out.

Twitter.com says everybody has 0 followers and is following 0 people. Twitpocalypse!less than a minute ago via Tweetie

* P. Diddy decided to use his magical powers to solve the problem.

I will use my magical powers to fix this! Never fear @iamdiddy is here! HERE I COME TO SAVE THE DAY! Nothing nor no one can keep us apart!:)less than a minute ago via UberTwitter

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