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How are people adding themselves to my Twitter?

 1:31 pm on Jul 8, 2011 (gmt 0)

I have a Twitter account set up for a blog I post to once a week or so. The blog updates Twitter through the official Google twitter integration app via feedburner. The twitter account doesn't use, and has never allowed, any other connections on Twitter.

Every week or so I see a new account in my follow list, always with locked tweets so nobody else can see them but me. Changing passwords solves nothing.

a) is someone accessing my account through google/feedburner and adding "followed" accounts?

b) is someone at twitter adding friends for me?

c) has a hacker found a way into my account?

d) does the new account even exist or is it some function/virus in my browser that makes me see accounts that really aren't 'followed'? (ie: something like the ad swaping adware that made the rounds recently)

e) other?

I can't stop accounts from appearing on my 'followed' list, I've been trying for 2 months. Help?



 7:46 pm on Jul 8, 2011 (gmt 0)

Unless you have a private twitter account anyone can follow you, nothing you can do about it but delete them or block them

Besides, the whole point of twitter is to have followers


 10:20 pm on Jul 8, 2011 (gmt 0)

Not followers, followed, as in me adding someone to the list of people I follow, except it's not me adding these accounts and nobody else has access to the account even in my household.

I searched for it on Google, if it's happening to me I can't be the only one, and apparently it started way back in 2009 - [johnchow.com...]

Still, I can't stop it and it's happening at a rate of one account per week. I only followed a handful of people so it's easy to spot the new accounts.


 6:45 am on Jul 10, 2011 (gmt 0)

Just read on Sophos Security site that Twitter had a weird feature.

All the other party had to do was type "accept <user>". Sounds like something so simple that it would have been noticed.

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