Twitter Mysteries

A random compromised twitter account followed me today.


This account has just been posting spam since 2014, but it made me think about an interesting idea. What if there were more mysteries on twitter? How could you signal to a person that this account is part of a game online, without forcefully providing the context of the game.

If this account had said "part of 'Account Hunt 2016'", I might be interested in finding out what that is, but very possibly, I'd immediately think it wasn't real.

Instead this Twitter bio of "save me 9 / 25" implies that something is going on today. What if this accounts tweets lead you to a real place in the world? Or to a deep corner of the internet with more clues?

Just something to think about.



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I attended BarCampBlock this weekend. I only attended on Saturday, and for what I attended, it was amazing.

Basically, all of the paranoia was justified and reinforced.