Tweets, Viruses and Bubbles

April 5, 2009
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Twitter seems to have some design flaws which may be the result of its developers not thinking enough about security in its early innocent days of development. 

One obvious potential security concern is the automatic url shortening apps that Twitter users use to send links to each other.  You don’t realy know where you are being re-directed until you are there.

Identity theft is another concern.  Twitter users almost revel in sheer joy of opening up about themselves with unprotected tweets.

One possible solution is to have two twitter streams; one protected and personal and another for personal branding and promoting yourself professionally.

This risk is enhanced with by sheer explosion of auto bots that feed off rss, automatically follow, automatically send messages that say hello thanks for joining me. How do you know who the other person is?

Inability to segment your followers into people you want to share this stuff with and people you don’t want to share a particular tweet with thus a data concern     (unlike Facebook which does have multiple privacy levels for potential contacts).

Is there really a recession going on?

The sheer explosion of  Twitter app developers see www.twitter

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Twitter seems to have some design flaws which may be the result of its developers not thinking enough about security in its early innocent days of development. 

One obvious potential security concern is the automatic url shortening apps that Twitter users use to send links to each other.  You don’t realy know where you are being re-directed until you are there.

Identity theft is another concern.  Twitter users almost revel in sheer joy of opening up about themselves with unprotected tweets.

One possible solution is to have two twitter streams; one protected and personal and another for personal branding and promoting yourself professionally.

This risk is enhanced with by sheer explosion of auto bots that feed off rss, automatically follow, automatically send messages that say hello thanks for joining me. How do you know who the other person is?

Inability to segment your followers into people you want to share this stuff with and people you don’t want to share a particular tweet with thus a data concern     (unlike Facebook which does have multiple privacy levels for potential contacts).

Is there really a recession going on?

The sheer explosion of  Twitter app developers see www.twitter.com/downloads (just like the now not so chic Facebook application bubble) means that the techie world at least refuses to recognize the recession.

Innovation, creative destruction and the invisible hand of economics are still working, even if  CEOs and politicians have frozen in place..

Application developing bubbles are better than real estate bubbles as long as venture capitalists and high tech remember 2001 (Nasdaq)

On the $1 billion that Twitter reportedly turned down  

The inability of Twitter to upload, share pictures, share videos without diverting and losing traffic means they better start think slivers of stock for funding even if they don’t want to sell the whole company yet.

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