You know what I'm talking about, those strange people who choose to "protect" their tweets so only a select few can read them aren't so protected anymore.
Who knows what other design flaw [:cough: security hole :cough:] the Google-bot is exploiting but as Rob Fuller (@mubix) put it on Twitter "hmm sounds like a job for User Agent Switcher" ... indeed.
So let me get this straight ... I as a regular user with my user-agent (no, I don't use the standards personally) cannot read your protected tweets, but the Google-search-index bot can? Really ... is this a design flaw or simply a security hole that Google somehow discovered, accidentally? I'm leaning towards a accidentally-on-purpose design flaw; and now that a formal partnership (for search purposes) between Twitter and Google has been announced - who knows what else we're going to dig up?
OK, so a few questions arise...
- Since Microsoft's Bing already has a partnership with Twitter to search tweets is there another such hole looming there too?
- Is this a bug, a feature, or something else?
- If I change my user-agent to the Googlebot, can I read protected tweets anonymously?