Twitter Prank

Twitter users were hit yesterday with tweets and sometimes offending pop-ups that originated from exploiting a programming flaw.  Twitter defines this as a prank rather than an attack or a hack.  They also have assured Twitter members that no personal account information was compromised.  But this does raise the point of what defines a malicious attack, prank or just a mistake. In the 1960′s, Cap’n Crunch cereal put thousands of toy whistles in their boxes.  Children all over delighted in the whistle design, color and sound. There are many reports of children excitedly calling friends and grandparents to tell them about the wonderful whistle.  But when they would blow the whistle into the phone, they would get disconnected.  The connection between the whistle and the phone disconnect was discovered and exploited. The whistle emitted a precise 2600 Hertz tone, the same frequency … [Read more...]

Add a Tweetmeme Retweet Button to Your WordPress Post

Adding a Tweetmeme retweet button is a smart idea.  It allows readers to easily retweet your blog post to their Twitter followers.  It is easy to add the button to your WordPress blog using the Shortcode API functions. The button with 22 tweets / retweet is a static graphic example that shows a button ready to retweet. The button with 2 tweets / tweeted is a static graphic example that has been retweeted from that page. To use the Tweetmeme retweet button, add the following to your post: tweetmeme source=Your_Twitter_Account only_single=false Be sure the statement is between square brackets [ ] so it will be read as a Shortcode.  Also insert the Twitter name that you want the retweet to reference.  It will show as @Your_Twitter_Account after the RT. Some instructions show as “Your_Twitter_Account” or ‘Your_Twitter_Account’ but the single or double quotes are redundant because … [Read more...]

Promoted Tweets: Lead or Gold?

Promoted tweets have been with us for such a short time, but already declared a success by Twitter and doomed by the blogosphere.  Virgin America claims its fifth highest sales day for special to Toronto launched by promoted tweets.  But they did have a 50% offer so that could have helped. In truth, promoted tweets will most likely be a successful venture for Twitter and its business model.  Twitter’s COO tells that the company is under no pressure to make a profit from its investors and that they are focusing on the user experience. So we should see only a modest amount of targeted ads that are high value to the user.  The type and frequency of ads will be a barometer of Twitter’s intent. Currently, promoted tweets are on a cost-per-impression pricing model, but that could change if they realize quick success and acceptance by the user community.  Of course the advertisers like … [Read more...]