Twitter promptly took down all versions of until the issue could be fixed and asked users to log out and then log back in order to activate the fix. Everything appears to be in order now and, allegedly, the person who caused the vulnerability has been exposed as a 19 year old Austrian teenager who was trying to tweet out hearts (we are not kidding).
Meanwhile, a Gmail vulnerability may have existed for years. The bug, which has also been fixed, could have provided every single users’ Gmail address to someone with the right know-how. The good news is that passwords themselves would not have been compromised, but users could have been left vulnerable to spam, phishing or password-guessing attacks. Again, as with the case involving TweetDeck, the issue has been resolved.
Social Media and healthcare: a crystal ball into the future?
Just as your social media posts can help companies predict buying patterns in order to tailor ads to you (it’s Best Buy HD TVs galore on my newsfeed), your activity may also help healthcare providers predict healthcare outcomes.
A recent study shows that tracking a Facebook user’s “Likes,” while looking at public health records may (more accurately) help predict various health outcomes. That report indicated that by combining the information from social media, records were two-to-four times more accurate.
Of course, this brings up privacy concerns and the debate of utilizing personal posts and interests for medical records, but with the federal government now requiring those records be digitized, more accurate reports may soon be on their way thanks to your social posts.