Twitter was hacked? OH NO! How am I going to tell anyone I ate scrambled eggs for breakfast or that the cashier at CVS is taking foreverrrrr to ring people up?! Don’t worry guys! Kim Kardashian, Justin Bieber, Ashton Kutcher and P Diddy are on it! It’s like the tabloid version of the A-Team! Dum dum dum da-da-dum, da da dun!
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Welllllll, sort of.
Here’s the story: A Turkish Twitter user and avid fan of the German heavy metal band Accept went to tweet the rockers. His seemingly harmless message “Accept pwns” had unintended consequences. It caused the user Pwns to begin following him. Realizing typing the string “Accept ANYUSERNAME” would cause that user to follow him, he blogged about it. People read it, more people blogged about it, more people read those blogs, yadda yadda yadda.
All of this caused Twitter HQ to go into a panic, and to fix it, the company had to reset everyone’s followed by/following counters to zero. The valiant Justin Bieber brought hope to the masses, tweeting, “so i woke up here in LA and Twitter has been hacked. Turns out I am no longer popular,” followed by “hackers i send a warning…u have now pissed off over 2 million teenage girls. They are more dangerous than Navy Seals.,” and “only CHUCK NORRIS can save us now…he is the only one still following all of us. haha.” Haha indeed.
So when you read a tweet from a celebrity begging to dear God almighty to save their accounts, well we’re sure you didn’t care already so just keep doing that.