On the vulnerability of Twitter as a network of value…

Conall has a good post on the Twitter Versus Facebook debate… But the way I am feeling at the moment, I’d say think twice about using either for anything of serious value… Sometime before last weekend, I was the victim of a phishing attack that fooled me into entering my Twitter details into a site that looks like Twitter. Nothing for a week. Then last weekend, they posted a video on my account leading to the suspension of my Twitter account. I was then asked to change my password and allowed back in. Except now I find that although some of the 1017 people ‘following’ me can ‘hear’ me, I am not getting any of the highly valuable input from the 774 people I ‘follow’. It also looks to others like I’ve ‘unfollowed’ them so they cannot directly contact me any more. It is like loosing your phone book, your notebook and your mobile all in one go. Effectively, I have been cut off from my smart network (and it hurts)… Two days later, and a colleague has helped me find the Twitter help desk… It’s a warning to those of us who have become so reliant on it, that Twitter is not a resilient network.

Mick is founding editor of Slugger. He has written papers on the impacts of the Internet on politics and the wider media and is a regular guest and speaking events across Ireland, the UK and Europe. Twitter: @MickFealty