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Tweetdeck Security Flaw Exposed by ‘f gwenifill’ Trend

social-inside-twitter-iconDoes your agency use Tweetdeck? Do one or more employees access/manage multiple client feeds through Tweetdeck? If so, then you should pay attention to this story.

Things got weird on Twitter yesterday as an astonishing number of media feeds tweeted the same thing: “f gwenifill”. None of the feed managers had sent this tweet, so there was a lot of confusion before things became a little clearer.

Turns out Kate Gardiner, a writer and media strategist who you should follow, once managed the feeds of several different news organizations under the Newsweek banner. While attempting to delete her previous accounts, she posted a test tweet that should have instructed her account to follow Gwen Ifill of PBS—but every account for which she once had the keys or APIs posted the message as a standard tweet instead.

As we understand it, this is the kind of user error that will probably never happen again in precisely the same way, but it illustrates a flaw in Tweetdeck: the app stores previous managers’ keys even after the passwords have been changed.

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Twitter, TweetDeck Finally Open Up About Acquisition

After keeping tight-lipped for the past day or so, Twitter and TweetDeck have finally posted comments on their blogs about Monday’s announced acquisition.

Kind of addressing user fears that the acquisition would lead to dramatic changes to TweetDeck, the Twitter blog reads, “In order to support this important constituency, we will continue to invest in the TweetDeck that users know and love.”

On the TweetDeck blog, founder Iain Dodsworth is equally ambiguous.

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Twitter Buys Tweetdeck

CNNMoney reports that the papers have been signed and Twitter has acquired Tweetdeck for $40 million in cash and stock. However the deal has yet to be announced and it looks like Twitter is keeping quiet for the moment.

“For all those who might be curious, we continue to not comment on rumors,” reads the latest tweet from the company’s global PR Twitter feed.

PCWorld proposes that at the root of the acquisition is Twitter’s desire to create a “consistent experience for its users.” It’s likely that the sale won’t impact users too much, but it does keep app developer UberMedia from purchasing it. UberMedia is the home of UberTwitter, which had an announcement of its own this morning: a partnership with Ashton Kutcher for a new app called A.Plus. Based on Kutcher’s Twitter handle (@aplusk), the app will showcase causes, projects, and other info.