Accessibility - you can't search Twitter for Alt-Text

by @edent | # # # # | 1 comment

Twitter has recently improved the accessibility of its site. When uploading an image, a user can add alt text - a short description of the image for people with visual impairments. Here's an example: This is a test to see if alt-text in images is searchable on Twitter.alpaca omnithorp pic.twitter.com/JHgCSaXpKd — Terence Eden (@edent) February… Continue reading →

Making a Twitter Collage

by @edent | # # # # # | 1 comment | Read ~362 times.

This is a lazy way of making a collage of Tweets. I was originally going to use this method: 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 use… Continue reading →

How Twitter Developers Can Combat Abuse

by @edent | # # | 6 comments | Read ~300 times.

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… Continue reading →

SoundCloud Spammers On Twitter

by @edent | # # # # | Read ~699 times.

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… Continue reading →

Preserving Deleted Tweets

by @edent | # # # | 5 comments | Read ~4,662 times.

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… Continue reading →

Twitter's Weird Control Character Handling

by @edent | # # # # | 2 comments | Read ~5,419 times.

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… Continue reading →

PGP Encrypt Twitter DMs with Keybase

by @edent | # # # # | 1 comment | Read ~649 times.

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.… Continue reading →

Track deletions on Twitter - AKA build your own Politwoops

by @edent | # # # | Read ~640 times.

Twitter, as part of its never-ending quest to alienate users and appease the rich and powerful, have shut down Politwoops accounts. Politwoops monitored politicians' Twitter accounts and noted when they deleted a tweet. Most of the time deletions were done for the same reason we all deleted content - mispellings, broken links, etc - but… Continue reading →

Would you fall for this Twitter phishing attack?

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Journalist Dave Lee pointed out a disturbing new spear-phishing attack on Twitter. The phony account looks for people who are Tweeting their dissatisfaction with Lloyds Bank - one of the largest and oldest banks in the UK - and sends them messages urging them to log in to a fraudulent site. The tweets have some… Continue reading →

Web Based OAuth Is A Security Nightmare For Apps

by @edent | # # # # | 4 comments | Read ~976 times.

Twitter have just released Periscope for Android. I'll do a full review of it later (tl;dr it's Qik with worse resolution) - but for now, I want to focus on the sign up process. You can only sign in with Twitter. That's fine, it's a Twitter product. So I pressed the sign-in button and this… Continue reading →