Bad news - it's child's play for anyone to recover your deleted Twitterings

Filed Under: Data loss, Social networks, Twitter

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Following last night's discussion about British TV celebrity Jonathan Ross accidentally revealing his personal email address on Twitter (and how, despite his attempts to delete the Tweet, it's still available for anyone to read) I've found outabout an online service which makes it even easier to find those Tweets that all of us would like to retract.

Tweleted is a simple website that allows you to enter anybody's Twitter name and it will then uncover their "deleted" Tweets by comparing the individual's Twitter history to the results from Twitter Search.

The outcome? Anyone can easily find out all they would ever want to know about your deleted Tweets.

The only good news is that it appears it only searches back in the last 1000 of your messages or so, but that'll be scant relief for those who've accidentally pressed <enter> a little prematurely.

As I said in the earlier video Twitter really needs to get this problem fixed. Twitter users expect their Tweets to be deleted when they press the delete button, not for strangers to be able to uncover them at will.

At the moment, all Twitter can suggest if you want to really remove a public Tweet you made in error from their search results is that you contact them.

Shouldn't it be simpler than that?

Deleted should always mean deleted, and nothing less.

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