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Twitter Exploit Let Two Pranksters Post 30,000-Character Tweet (engadget.com) 65

sqorbit writes: Two German twitter users were able to post a 30,000-character tweet, blowing way past the 280-character limit it is testing for select users. The accounts were banned for a brief period of time but are now back online after they apologized. The original 30,396-character tweet has been archived and can be viewed here. The two pranksters exploited "a rule Twitter made in 2016 that links would no longer count in the 140-character limit," reports The Daily Dot. "Yes, this is just one big web address with a URL code hidden deep in the large block of text."
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Twitter Exploit Let Two Pranksters Post 30,000-Character Tweet

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  • 280-character limit

    I just can't fathom why anyone would use such a pathetically limited platform.

    • The limit (Score:4, Funny)

      by Okian Warrior ( 537106 ) on Monday November 06, 2017 @06:29PM (#55502827) Homepage Journal

      280-character limit

      I just can't fathom why anyone would use such a pathetically limited platform.

      Hey, 280 characters ought to be enough for anybody.

      • by BitterOak ( 537666 ) on Monday November 06, 2017 @06:38PM (#55502883)

        280-character limit

        I just can't fathom why anyone would use such a pathetically limited platform.

        Hey, 280 characters ought to be enough for anybody.

        Really? My computer has a whopping 640K of RAM and I should be limited to 280 character messages?

        • by Khyber ( 864651 )

          Twitter is so shittily coded that your 640K of RAM wouldn't even handle their header file.

        • What's that, 2.6K per character? Probably not enough the way emojis are going. Just wait, they'll be embedding sounds in them next.

    • Yet your post and my response fits easily into that limit.

      • That is only enough for short messages. But what if I wish to speak in detail about any complex matter? That would require me to be more long-winded. This platform's artificially imposed limitations hinder any rational discussion with more nuance than a few snippets. I think it's

        • by tepples ( 727027 )

          Post the article on a blog or a pastebin like Twitlonger. Then Tweet the headline and a link to the article.

          • example: Here's my easy to understand paper that proves climate change. http://someurl/ [someurl] #notahoax #climatechange

            there, that's one way you could change the world with a tweet.

    • Because this generation just doesn't have the 30 second attention span that the MTV generation had.
    • Idiots haven't they heard of Bitly.com
    • by antdude ( 79039 )

      Like SMS. Even more limited!

  • by Ukab the Great ( 87152 ) on Monday November 06, 2017 @06:30PM (#55502835)

    Unless you tweet the entire contents of "War & Peace". Or maybe the Twitter TOS.

  • Whatever. As soon as they started allowing anything other than text, they were sort of doing that anyway. You could encode text in an image and use a front-end to get big tweets, or do what a lof of people do and post images of text (yuck), and get huge ugly tweets with the normal front end. It's all a bunch of silliness. If you don't lock it down to text, there's not much of a limit. Even then, you've got the Trumpian... tweets that continue... because I'm too... bigly to adhere to... your limit.

  • subject (Score:5, Insightful)

    by ourlovecanlastforeve ( 795111 ) on Monday November 06, 2017 @06:41PM (#55502897)
    I don't understand why this is news.
    • Because if the Donald gets a hold of this exploit... God help us!!!
    • Because Twitter doesn't use a varchar(140) field in its database to store tweets.

      In a way, it's quite cool that this worked. It's not cool the users were banned and had to apologise for allowing Twitter let them do it.

    • Re:subject (Score:4, Funny)

      by gustygolf ( 3979423 ) on Tuesday November 07, 2017 @04:59AM (#55504723) Homepage

      Because not one, but two (!) Twitter users apologised.

      If that's not news, I don't know what is.

    • Just have fun with it.

      In other news - writing Secure Code still is a thing. And: "where there's a will - there's a way" to get around anything you attempt to build.

      First come the pranksters having fun. Then come the hackers who realize "hey - look at what is possible!"

      • That's a cool perspective but I'm an old trog (see my profile age) and I miss the era when Slashdot wasn't where you went to post when Reddit rate limited your posts.
  • by PPH ( 736903 ) on Monday November 06, 2017 @07:23PM (#55503079)

    ... in the reply tweets, that's just a sentence in German.

    • by glitch! ( 57276 )

      Q: "You have been staring at that screen for a half hour! What are you doing?"
      A: "Hang on, I'm waiting for the verb!"

  • Because Twitter autoshortens URLs you can post one as big as you want, no "hack" needed. That's sort of the point of URL shortening. You can argue that the design is bad, but I still don't see how this is news.

  • Compared to churning butter or shoeing a horse, the injection of this 30k tweet may be the most arbitrary and arcane human endeavor to date, stealing the crown from Bitcoin.

    In order to fully grasp the "churn & shoe" ratio try to delineate the advances that have led to a point, and identify jump-off points where technology has opened up or closed off human potential.

    OPENED UP: From electrons skidding through wires, distance communication, analog voice impulses, time domain digital pulses, store and forwa

    • SMS developers were concerned that digital text traffic from cell users would disrupt voice communication and imposed a character limit.

      Not quite. SMS was originally a kind of by-product of voice-only GSM, using the control channel for extra message data when it was free of other signals. Basically empty slots between the voice packets. This also explains why they are relatively expensive, since there's a lot of total data traffic per each actual message.

      The initial concept also didn't involve phone-to-phone messages, it was more about broadcasting things like weather or traffic reports. In fact, my first GSM phone could only receive, no

  • This is why we can't have nice things...

Is a computer language with goto's totally Wirth-less?

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