Watch out: Google search exposes your twitter DM's to the world

Adland: 

@Mpawlo , MD of Mr Green, has discovered something rather disturbing about twitters DM's. We all knew that various apps we allow in our twitter-account can see these things (if they want to), but I don't think anyone was expecting Google to show DM's in google web search results!

Alert! I can see DM in Google's results. If the last tweet is a DM and tweets are listed in @Goog results (varies), you see it.

tweeted mpawlo he then demonstrates by showing an example.

"Check for example @gustrafr " he says - compared to this google search (that's a DM from @GustafR to me - not violating privacy!)"

I've screendumped the search result above, it shows a DM from Gustav to Mikael, and that's enough of a reason for me not to use DM's for any top secret conversations again.
Not that I did, I only used to to tweet the words "superinjunction" and "wikileaks secrets" to all my mates just to annoy them.

Comments (5)

  • John Backman's picture
    John Backman (not verified)

    Um, to state the obvious, this is REALLY bad.

    Jun 01, 2011
  • Dabitch's picture
    Dabitch

    The again, twitter has been acting really strange for me lately, much like in the fail-whale days of it all, and I wonder if it was a glitch, like the many many glitches I see every day.

    Jun 01, 2011
  • fairuse's picture
    fairuse

    Clicking on @ goog generates this -- Hold up!
    Sorry, the profile you are trying to view has been suspended.

    Oopsie.

    Jun 02, 2011
  • Dabitch's picture
    Dabitch

    I'm sure @mpawlo just wanted to refer to google - anything with an @ -sign preceeding it, bot here and on twitter, becomes a link to twitter.

    So does anything with a # - sign. Example: #marilymonroe - this is automatic.

    Jun 03, 2011
  • fairuse's picture
    fairuse

    Well, I have been a bit distracted lately. I just read the reference as a twitter link. I use the format @ to avoid auto generate address.

    Oh, well ...

    Jun 03, 2011

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