Training Customers To Be Stupid


Verizon asking for customer's passwords

Companies face a complicated choice. Make things easy for the customers, or make things secure for them. Convenience seems to take priority most of the time. This forces companies to get their customers to risk their own security. In this example, we see Verizon Wireless asking their customers to type their passwords into Twitter for […] Read More

Visualising Twitter Conversations in 2D Space


Update! The source-code for this app can be found at https://github.com/edent/TweeView Many years ago, I created a threaded conversation viewer for fledgling social network App.net. It was a unique way to flow through a conversation without having to be constrained by the linear vertical scroll of the typical web browser. App.net died - and I […] Read More

Making a Twitter Collage


poo emoji montage of tweets

This is a lazy way of making a collage of Tweets. I was originally going to use this method: @edent No idea about getting urls, but this may or may not be useful (cmd is also in image alt-text) pic.twitter.com/Jh3YH4yKI0 — mike (@6byNine) October 29, 2016 but, sadly, gnome-web-photo crashed repeatedly when I tried to […] Read More

How Twitter Developers Can Combat Abuse


Here's a simple step that Twitter App Developers can do to reduce the amount of abuse which is generated on the platform. A few friends of mine regularly receive harassment on Twitter. Typically, there are two ways to deal with it: Mute the offending user. This means their tweets to you never show up in […] Read More

SoundCloud Spammers On Twitter


Regular readers will know that I take a keen interest in Twitter spam. It seems the more popular a network gets, the greater the propensity for spam. A shame, but it seems to be the way of the world. Recently, one of my Tweets which mentioned SoundCloud was retweeted in rapid succession by a variety […] Read More

Preserving Deleted Tweets


Go take a look at this tweet https://twitter.com/edent/status/650948940431511552. You can't - I deleted it! I've been looking at how to track politician's deleting tweets, when it occurred to me - is there any way to prove that a Tweet ever existed? It's possible to automatically take a screenshot of a page, but screenshots can easily […] Read More

Twitter's Weird Control Character Handling


A little curio for you all. A StackOverflow user has pointed out that certain Twitter profiles contain very odd Unicode characters. What on Earth is going on? Let's take a look at Bill Clinton's profile on Twitter. Ok, that looks pretty normal. But let's take a look at the HTML source. Huh... What are those […] Read More

PGP Encrypt Twitter DMs with Keybase


This is a quick tutorial on how to encrypt your Twitter messages using PGP with the help of Keybase.io. I read an article yesterday which seemed to imply that Twitter was mangling PGP encrypted messages (albeit unintentionally). There is a minor bug in Twitter's web interface - but PGP seems to work perfectly in apps. […] Read More