How to track down the original owners of stolen Twitter accounts

by @edent | # # # | 2 comments | Read ~206 times.
The Twitter logo drawn in circles.

Recently, one of the accounts I follow on Twitter was hijacked. It was turned into a PS5 giveaway scam. The people who hijacked the account changed the name, avatar, and deleted all the previous Tweets. Here’s how I found who the original owner was, and managed to contact them. A Twitter account has a screen…

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Minimum Viable Tweet to Semantic SVG

by @edent | # # # # | 3 comments | Read ~219 times.
The Twitter logo.

One of the problems with OEmbeds of Tweets is that they’re heavy. Lots of JavaScript, tracking cookies, and other detritus. See this excellent post by Matt Hobbs looking at how to make your website faster by removing Twitter embeds and replacing them with images. Here’s my attempt to turn a Tweet into a semantic SVG!…

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How to preserve deleted Tweets in WordPress?

by @edent | # # | 3 comments | Read ~111 times.
HTML code of an iFrame.

I like quoting people’s Tweets in my blog posts. But, sometimes, people delete their Tweets. This blog post examines two questions. How to preserve Tweets in blog posts that they are still readable even after the user deletes them. Whether this is morally acceptable behaviour. Let’s tackle the easy question first. Preserving Tweets Using the…

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Introducing – On This Day in Twistory

by @edent | # # # | 3 comments | Read ~297 times.
A list of columns with Tweets in them.

One of the things I loved about Facebook was its “On This Day” feature. There’s something delightful about seeing what nonsense you were talking about on this day a decade ago. Twitter doesn’t have anything like that. So I built it. Introducing – Twistory.ml Stick your @ name in, hit the big button, and you’ll…

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Reflections on “30 Predictions for Twitter”

by @edent | # # # | 7 comments | Read ~176 times.
The Twitter logo drawn in circles.

It’s always fun to look back at the predictions ancient man made about life in the future. 11 years ago today, Loïc Le Meur wrote 30 predictions for the future of Twitter (archive.org of the original). This is a non-snarky look at those predictions. Not to ridicule his ideas, but to understand the errors made…

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That Time I Accidentally Invented Twitter

by @edent | # # # # # | 6 comments | Read ~312 times.
A proposal to micro-blog via text.

A curio from the archives. Waaaaaay back in 2003, I was working at Vodafone on their graduate training scheme. One of their fancy new ideas was a crowd-sourced employee suggestion box for new business proposals. As an eager young grad I submitted dozens of ideas. Most of them were crap. But, as I looked back…

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Staking Claims with Scheduled Tweets

by @edent | # # | 7 comments | Read ~2,521 times.
The Twitter logo.

Twitter has a nifty new feature which allows you to schedule the publication of a Tweet. But, crucially, it doesn’t let the reader know when the message was originally written. How can you, as a publisher, prove that you wrote a scheduled Tweet at a specific time? Here’s one method. Write a Tweet which contains…

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More Phishers On Twitter

by @edent | # # # # # | 4 comments | Read ~1,090 times.
A Twitter exchange. Virgin ask Dom for his address - which he gives. Then they ask for his full credit card details. He refuses.

My mate Dom was moaning to his ISP on Twitter. They sent him a private message so they could look into his account. Blimey! Thankfully, that was a pretty brazen and inept attempt at phishing. Anyone asking for all your card details like that should set the alarm bells ringing. Of course, phishers often target…

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OMG! Twitter release an OFFICIAL conversations API!

by @edent | # # # | 4 comments | Read ~605 times.
An organic, branching tree view of a conversation.

One of the most requested Twitter API features is now available – the ability to get replies to a Tweet as a thread. Long time readers know that I’ve long been a fan of Visualising Twitter Conversations in 2D Space. But up until now you had to use horrible hacks to get the data. As…

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Building an “On This Day” site for your Twitter Account

by @edent | # # # | 2 comments | Read ~128 times.
Several columns of Tweets. Each one from a previous year.

I wanted to see what I was Tweeting on this exact day last year. And all the years before. So I built a website! It’s a disgusting hack, and I’m truly sorry for unleashing it on you. Using the API You can’t. The Twitter search API only goes back 7 days. This whole idea would…

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