Today was the definitive Twitter FAIL !
Everyone’s follower and following counts went straight to zero due to a vulnerability that was injected into the system that forced users to follow you.
Here’s the brief text from the Twitter support blog:
We identified and resolved a bug that permitted a user to “force” other users to follow them. We’re now working to rollback all abuse of the bug that took place. Follower/following numbers are currently at 0; we’re aware and this too should shortly be resolved.
Quite ingenious whomever the culprit(s) are/were that wrote this little hack.
It’s interesting to see how much buzz was going around the Twittersphere when folks realized that there may not be anyone following them.
As they state in the above quote, Twitter is aware of the vulnerability and is working on addressing and correcting the issue.
Hang in there folks – you’ll get your followers back soon enough.