The Dangers of Unmoderated Twitter Feeds

The Dangers of Unmoderated Twitter Feeds

By | June 23, 2011 at 10:07 am | No comments | Social Media

With the ability to share our pictures to the internet in an instant via Twitter, Facebook etc through services such as Flickr, YFrog and Twitpic, it’s of no surprise that people are sharing their experiences of live music and events.

With the start of summer solstice came the Glastonbury festival. To most people who attend Glastonbury that means mud, music and more mud. Naturally people want to share their experiences online and a service called GlastoBuzz was set up to allow people attending Glastonbury to be able to do just this – Only they decided to do it through an unmoderated API call.

How GlastoBuzz works

They searched twitter for any mention of #glasto and any URL that was posted that came from Yfrog.com or Twitpic.com.  These images were then replicated on their gallery page without any moderation resulting in the following test showing up:

GlastoBuzz - An Unmoderated Twitter Feed

GlastoBuzz - An Unmoderated Twitter Feed

This shows the dangers of unmoderated feeds where the public have the ability to input messages directly.  GlastoBuzz should probably fix this quickly.

About the Author

Kev Strong

Kev Strong is an online marketing consultant at Newcastle Upon Tyne based digital marketing agency, Mediaworks. A lover of all things search and an ex-web developer, Kev Strong (a.k.a Goosh) is a specialist in advanced search engine optimisation.

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