Posted September 21, 2010 9:42 am by with 1 comment

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When Twitter decided to force me to view suggest Twitter users to follow, I finally bailed on the web interface and switched to

Even the lure of a redesigned wasn’t enough to tempt me back. Now I’m glad I switched, because there’s a nasty bug in Twitter’s new interface that allows malicious pop-ups:

Hopefully Twitter will shut down this loophole as soon as possible – disallowing users to post the onMouseOver JavaScript code, and protecting users whose browsing may be at risk.

Some users are also seemingly deliberately exploiting the loophole to create tweets that contain blocks of colour (known as “rainbow tweets”). Because these messages can hide their true content they might prove too hard for some users to resist clicking on them.

Most people appear to be having fun with it, but some are having the kind of fun that’s a little more hardcore. Take Sarah Brown, wife of the former British Prime Minister, her account has been “infected” with a pop-up to:

Yeah, not good.

Hopefully Twitter is working on a fix, but in the meantime the best advice is to use a third-party Twitter app.

UPDATE: Twitter says the bug has been patched. Keep your wits about you though, just in case!

UPDATE 2: A longer explanation from Twitter.

  • Thanks for this great advice.I would think that Twitter should crack down on such a huge loop hole.