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$$How to Force Anyone to Follow You on Twitter$$

Discussion in 'Social Networking Sites' started by vivalafeva, May 12, 2010.

  1. vivalafeva

    vivalafeva Jr. VIP Jr. VIP Premium Member

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    Follow this dead-simple guide to force any Twitter user?from Oprah to Kutcher?to follow you. No, seriously.


    I have no idea how a hole this large could be left in a service as popular as Twitter, nor do I understand why it hasn't been shut yet. What I do understand, though, is that Oprah is following me right now, and receiving my DMs. So anyway, here's how it works:

    1. Open the Twitter web interface (I haven't been able to get it to work in the apps I've tried)
    2. Tweet "accept username", as in "accept oprah"

    3. Wait a few seconds. You may get a server error, but that means it's worked.
    4. Check your followers list
    5. !!!

    This command is either a remnant of a system that isn't in use anymore, or exposes something fundamental about the way Twitter works. (Typing "follow username" lets you follow someone, too.) Either way, ha, holy shit.

    Let me just say guys, I found this on a blog, and thought some of you might find it useful.
     
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  2. orbit

    orbit Regular Member

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    didnt work for me. it just reposted last tweet.
     
  3. rocsk79

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    havent been able to get this to work either. could you link the blog where you saw this at?
     
  4. hobom

    hobom Newbie

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    Yea didn't work for me either :(
     
  5. loclhero

    loclhero Supreme Member

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    Wait..you mean just tweet "accept (whomever)" as in just type it into "whats' happening???
     
  6. SpazzyMcSpazz

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    they fixed this a couple of days ago. it was a pretty huge deal
     
  7. Bradm

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    I would be careful with that, I think twitter caught on to this earlier this week and it caused everyone's followers and following to go to zero on Monday and they are weeding out the one's that were using this loophole!
     
  8. bobvance2006

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    DAMN... I got excited for a second
     
  9. HoNeYBiRD

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    wow, it was a nice trick, i wish i knew this earlier, i'd dm bree olson :)
    but it was sentenced to death since it's released on that blog
    how? they fixed it, i don't think they will allow it again, it would be fun :)
     
  10. 1swag

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    yeah its buggy right now
     
  11. Blueprint

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    Damn, oh well Twitter has been full of exploits from the word go, that's why i've got a few accounts with 20k + followers on ;)
     
  12. pyronaut

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    Quite a few days late. Was nuts for a while on twitter. That was the reason for the rollback (And I assume why everyone's followers went to zero for a bit).

    I think, it has something to do the SMS system (Following someone via text). However they never check whether someone actually requested the follow.
     
  13. 1swag

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    IS THERE A WAY TO MASS FOLLOW WITH THE COMMAND "FOLLOW oprah,obama,text"
     
  14. danny79

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    this (or something like it) still worked up until yesterday. i checked my REAL account and i was following a couple people that know for a FACT i didn't follow. i'm scared to try it though since i'm sure twitter has figured out a way to detect users who do this.