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Sheep Line Up in Perfect Twitter Formation
Today the sheeps were out in force showing the full power of the sheep. First we had sheep signing up to follow "the cold" of Kevin Rose. Let’s not even talk about how Kevin should be using his own service instead of pushing his competitor’s service and what it must be like to be Leah Culver when her boss is using the competition. The cold of Kevin has nearly 1,000 followers so far. I am looking forward to the Sarah Lacy’s "pocketbook thoughts" account.
The bigger sheep hearding happened with a new ranking service for Twitter called Twitterank. You had one sheep start the chain to the rest of the sheep and then we had a good sheep movement. Adam Ostrow has a good recap of the "sheep effect" in which he explains that the site may have been used to grab passwords for Twitter. The Twitterank developer now states he had no interest in stealing your passwords. Frankly these rating services for Twitter are plain stupid. As I’ve written before a real stats program would show retweeting, outbound links, profile views, ya’know useful stuff.
Louis Gray believes everyone is good and he isn’t afraid to give out his Twitter password to anyone! Louis does mention that even if a malicious hacker got access to his Twitter account, all they could do is make up bad things which would be removed once Louis calls Twitter CEO Evan Williams to remove the nasty tweets.
The bottom line is this – you need to think before you give out your password. Don’t assume that some "friend" on Twitter has verified the service. As Twitter grows in popularity, I can only imagine that more phishing schemes will start to show up. While today’s issue would have only grabbed your Twitter password, what if they grabbed something more important?
So what’s the lesson we have learned today sheeps? Don’t be a sheep! Use your noodle!