Sunday, January 26, 2014

Twitter Increase Followers Hack

It seems, there is a bug in twitter’s web application. The bug allows anyone to increase their followers count. This can be achieved by performing the following steps:
  1. Login with any twitter account, other than the account whose followers need to be increased.
  2. Go to the twitter account page whose followers need to be increased.         ( twitter.com/handle )
  3. Continuously click on the follow button beneath the twitter header image.
Clicking takes a lot of time, so I used the following script to generate click events.
setInterval(function(){
$(".user-actions-follow-button").click();
},10);


Now, instead of doing step 3, open up the javascript console in any browser, and execute the above script.

You will see that the followers count starts increasing. The followers increase until the daily follow limit is reached.
Now you may check that account from your phone or any other browser, and the followers count would have increased.
The changes in the count stay for sometime and are not permanent, though the time varies. This maybe because the changes take place in a caching server or something.

It’s been 6 hours and my last increase in count still hasn’t reverted to the original count.  

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