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Twitter, which along with the rest of the social media world continues to add strange constructs to the English language, has fixed a bug (feature?) that allowed a Twitter user to force another user to follow him. The command “[email protected]_name_here,” was discovered and publicized by a number of blogs, according to CNET.com.

The command only worked in the Twitter interface and not in third-party software.

Story here: “Twitter confirms awkward ‘auto-follow’ bug”

Twitter noted on its Status blog that the feature was eliminated and any changes from it in users’ accounts were rolled back They said that if Twitter users find themselves following someone they don’t choose to follow they can block them with Twitter’s “unfollow” tools.

Blog here: “Follow bug discovered, remedied”

Tom Kelchner