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Web Marketing - FAIL!

I'm sure most of you have heard about the Twitter virus/worm that spread around last weekend - it was not very serious, in that it wasn't deleting information or anything, but still I'm sure it pissed off many Tweeters out there.

As has often been the case, it was created by a 17 year old teenager with nothing better to do; in fact the guy seems quite talented as he has created his own Twitter-like service (which I'm not going to link - seeing as that was what the worm was doing) - which I suppose is not very easy.

The thing that is mind-blogging is the reason he gave: apart from being "bored", and the standard 'exposing security problems', he said that he wanted to
"promot[e] myself or my website." (

Think about it: you want to attract people away from Twitter, what is a good way to do this?
1. Provide a better service, do promotions, get media/blog coverage, convince Microsoft to buy you out, etc. etc?
2. Hijack their accounts and piss them off forever?


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Happysurfer on :

I think sometimes these worms and stuff are the product of an effort gone awry.

julian on :

I think it's pretty deliberate most of the time. The simpler ones are quite easy to do/get apparently.

synical on :

That guy is a total douchebag.

That said, I don't think I got "infected". Phew.

julian on :

It was more of an annoyance than a real danger, but still...

Sam on :

...and where were the parents?

julian on :

I wonder if they'll have to pay if he gets sued?

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