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How Do You Manage Problem Followers On Twitter?

Easy: block them.

It really is that simple. Twitter is too precious a resource to be ruined by the antisocial behaviour of a persistent minority.

And it is a minority – most of the people you meet and engage with on Twitter will be courteous and civil. But a small percentage of every community – and this is certainly true across the internet – will be rude and disruptive, going out of their way to poison the well.

Thankfully, peace of mind is just one click away.

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Twitter, Facebook, YouTube – How To Identify (And Fight) Internet Trolls [INFOGRAPHIC]

Wikipedia defines a troll as “someone who posts inflammatory, extraneous, or off-topic messages in an online community, such as an online discussion forum, chat room, or blog, with the primary intent of provoking readers into an emotional response”, and these foul beasts have been the plague of the internet since it first opened its doors.

They quickly populate (and poison) any place on the web that is even remotely popular. So naturally, once social media networks such as Twitter and Facebook began to attract hundreds of millions of users, the trolls began to arrive. En masse.

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Twitter Security 101: 5 Official Tips For Keeping Your Profile Safe

Your security on Twitter is important, and while Twitter and their Trust & Safety team (led by the very capable Del Harvey) work their little cotton socks off to keep the platform as secure as possible, the onus is on you, the user, to take responsibility to ensure you’re not making yourself more susceptible to exploitation.

Over on the official Twitter blog, there’s a new entry that attempts to answer a question that they probably receive hundreds, maybe thousands of times a day. Namely:

“How do I keep my Twitter account safe and private?”

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Paypal UK Twitter Profile Hacked By Angry Customer

It’s not been a good week for security on Twitter. On Monday we reported about how one of the main Fox News Twitter profiles had been hacked by the Anonymous splinter group Script Kiddies, who used the exploit to send false messages about the death of President Obama. Damagingly for both Fox and Twitter, it took over 10 hours before the messages were removed.

Yesterday, at a little about 9pm (GMT), the Twitter profile of Paypal UK was also hacked, this time by what appears to be an unhappy customer. The hijacker posted a series of critical messages against the service, and also changed the avatar, bio and the profile URL.

The good news? It only took two hours for somebody to notice, which might just be a new record for Twitter.

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Twitter Tight-Lipped On Fox News Hack As 10 Hours Pass Before ‘Obama Is Dead’ Tweets Are Removed

As we reported yesterday, the Fox News @foxnewspolitics account was hacked at 1.56am Monday morning – on the Fourth Of July, no less – and in an extremely crass move, the hijackers, who later identified themselves as the Anonymous splinter group “Script Kiddies”, then went on to publish six tweets announcing the ‘death’ of President Barack Obama.

The news was, of course, entirely false, but because the messages came from a verified account and provided sufficient detail the tweets were widely shared throughout Twitter.

The content was disturbing enough, but the really sickening part was how slow Twitter was to respond to the breach. It wasn’t until 12.34pm ET – over 10 hours since the first hacked tweet was published – that control of the profile was returned to Fox News and the offensive messages were removed.

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Defending Your Privacy: Is Twitter More Secure Than Facebook? [INFOGRAPHIC]

Privacy and security within social media is a very hot topic, and Facebook in particularly has been dragged over the coals on multiple occasions for what has been perceived by many as a very casual, even flippant attitude towards the safety of their users.

But here’s the thing: unlike Twitter, Facebook – despite attempts to the contrary – is not really an open, public network. While the history of Mark Zuckerberg’s baby is littered with controversial default privacy settings, if you make just a little effort with your Facebook settings it’s fairly easy to ensure that your daily updates, likes and other interactions are protected from uninvited guests.

This isn’t the case with Twitter. You only have two options: everything you say is public, or everything you say is protected. The vast majority of users wisely choose the former option, as Twitter is an open network. The things you say are meant to be seen by others. Even people you don’t know. And thanks to functionality like retweets, Twitter encourages you to share information with your network, who will often pass that message on to complete strangers. And vice versa.

And while most of us get along with that just fine, sometimes things go horribly wrong. And it’s at these moments that we realise that Twitter isn’t a particularly secure medium for communication. That is, of course, the point, but, given enough time, it’s incredibly easy to become complacent over something that’s fundamentally linked to security online: the cameras are always on, and you’re always being watched.

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US Secret Service Wants You To Follow Them On Twitter (But Watch Out If They Start Following You)

The US Secret Service (@SecretService) launched an official Twitter account yesterday, and in their first tweet (and without a single trace of irony) asked others to follow them.

Secret Service spokesman – an oxymoron if ever there was one – Max Millen has said the Twitter profile will be used to “highlight the investigative missions, press releases, and distribute information to communities hosting national special security events, to explore Secret Service history and promote any recruiting opportunities.”

The account has rapidly moved to almost 10,000 followers, which is nice and all, but does the Secret Service really have a legitimate (and, indeed, welcome) place on a public social network?

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You Should Be Able To Untag Yourself From Mentions On Twitter

Last month I proposed a solution to the problem of ugly tweets (and individuals) appearing on your Twitter stream – a hide button.

However, there is another way Twitter could empower us to control what does and does not appear in our mentions folder – we should be able to untag ourselves when our username is included within undesirable content.

This would work very much like untagging yourself from a photo on Facebook, something which I used to have to do a lot until Facebook upgraded their privacy controls. Mentions are predominately a positive experience on Twitter and most of the time we welcome them into our lives, but as with everywhere else on the internet there are bad people out there, plus a decent pinch of good, old-fashioned weirdos, too.

I have seen my username included on Twitter for ‘retweets’ that are completely falsified – I never said or linked to what is being retweeted, but now all of a sudden I’m endorsing herbal Viagra and The Jonas Brothers (often in the same tweet). While I love the organic, manual retweet, this has always been a major flaw on Twitter. You can type in somebody’s username and have them say or do pretty much anything, and now that message is out there for potentially millions of people to see.

A one-click unmention button would enable us all to manage not only what we have to see in our inboxes, but Twitter could also configure this so that untagged tweets did not rank for that user in Twitter search, which would allow us all a greater level of security and protection from fraud. And who doesn’t want that?

Should I Protect My Profile On Twitter?

No. *

* That is, unless you’re a part of the witness protection program, have serious stalker issues (either way), like to criticise your boss, only want to chat to your ‘real’ friends, don’t want your boyfriend/girlfriend, mother/father, sister/brother, aunt/uncle obsessing over your every word, really hate people or generally have something to hide. In which case, that’s cool, but maybe you’d be better off with something like MSN or a very private Facebook account, as opposed to a medium which by definition lends itself to open engagement, participation and connection. Besides, you do realise that the people you approve can just copy and paste the things you say, right? Right?

Check Your Connections Tab On Twitter (Because You've Only Got Yourself To Blame If It’s Full Of Crap)

I had a strange dream last night.

I was on Twitter when news broke on TMZ.com that Oprah Winfrey had died. I read the article, shared the link, and then went out.

This was all in the dream, remember. As it continued, I came back home after a couple of hours had passed and it turned out that TMZ had pulled the story, that it was a mistake, and Oprah was very much alive. However, my “Oprah Winfrey has died!” tweet was still sitting there in all its glory, and had started to generate thousands of really negative reactions. People were calling me a liar, saying I’d obviously put this out just to get attention, and so on.

As it continued, one guy – who was clearly a huge fan of Oprah (Stedman, perhaps) – got so pissed that he hacked into my Twitter account and hooked me up with all the worst auto-tweeting applications on the planet. Suddenly, ‘I’ was sending out all manner of garbage and some really offensive spew – tweets linking to porn, racist gibberish, etc. It wasn’t looking good.

Still dreaming, and as the complaints went from thousands to millions, I became increasingly frustrated at my inability to deal with the problem. The thing was, I knew what I had to do – it was as easy as visiting the connections tab on my Twitter account and revoking access to all the auto-tweeting crap that had been injected into my account.

But, much like those nightmares where you’re trying to run away from the monster but your legs are stuck or simply refuse to work, in the dream I somehow just couldn’t quite get there, and could only watch in horror as my good Twitter name was torn to shreds.

Suffice to say, I woke in something of a fluster.

Silly as it was, the dream had some purpose. This morning, I checked my connections tab for the first time in a while, and sure enough there were a couple of things in there that I didn’t recognise and immediately revoked. Thankfully, they hadn’t started sending out any auto-nonsense to my timeline, but that doesn’t mean that they never would have.

You see, the problem with giving permission on Twitter is it’s forever – unless you do something about it. There are no layers of permission, certainly from Twitter’s end. You’re either in, or you’re out. Sure, some of these apps let you configure your preferences at their end, but it’s easy to overlook this and it’s really easy to grant permission one day and totally forget all about it the next.

(Especially late at night after one or two raspberry daiquiris – but I digress.)

I’ve written about this before, but I needed reminding myself. It pays to check your connections on a regular basis – once a week is a good habit to get into. Certainly, if you find yourself auto-tweeting – which is never a good thing – check your connections first. Ninety-nine times out of a hundred the problem, and solution, will be in there.

As for Oprah – and just in case this article gets misinterpreted and becomes self-fulfilling and wholly ironic – she is, I would like to remind you, still with us.

(Although she hasn’t updated in a while.)

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