Twitter has an SMS Flaw that could hurt you!!!!

Twitter has a Flaw with SMS DM’s that I Think you Need to know about before you really Hurt yourself out here!!!!!


Here’s how it works: If someone direct messages (“DMs”) you on Twitter, you’ll get a text from 40404 (Twitter’s SMS shortcode) that says something like “Direct from fromedome,” with the message included.

The problem is that many people respond to those text messages the same way they respond to any other text messages: With a private message intended for the person who messaged them.

But that’s not how Twitter’s SMS system works — it treats that as a public tweet, and publishes it for everyone to see. If you want to send a direct message reply, you have to remember to type in “d username” before the message. Every time. Twitter doesn’t think about this for you.

The result is that every day, we see “accidental DMs” or “DM fail” tweets “via txt” that are clearly meant to be direct messages. (And not just by new Twitter users, but usually by long-time users. This is clearly something that people can’t quite fully learn and remember.)

We don’t usually know who the messages are meant for, and often they’re mundane or harmless. But every few days, we see something embarrassing.

Protect yourself dont wreck yourself!!!!


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