No. Not even close.
These "messages" from my Twitter pals were nothing but spam, most wanting me to go to a porn site.
How could this happen? I trusted these people! That one there, the one who tried to trick me into visiting a site I had absolutely zilch interest in... she's a mom of 4 and a very religious person to boot.
What was going on??
Then I realized these messages were virtually all the same. And these women all have different personalities and would at least phrase things differently. But no. These messages were all almost identical.
Which led me to be suspicious, to say the least.
Then I ran across a blog post by someone else stating how sorry she was to her followers because her Twitter account had been hacked and even though those messages came from her account, they were not from her personally.
I just scratched my head. How can a Twitter account be hijacked? I mean, my Twitter handle may be public for anyone, but my password is my own, and I've never given that out to anybody.
And then I remembered...
I had in fact given out my Twitter password, even if I believed it to be innocent enough. Not just once, but several times. Sheesh. How stupid can I be.
Ever used one of those programs that lets you tweet with hash tags? Or a program that lets you tweet with several people at the same time? Or gone through some third party like Facebook, for example, to retweet something to your Twitter followers?
I have. And every one of them asked for my Twitter username and password. And I gave it freely.
Because I trusted.
Now, I'm not saying Facebook is the culprit. I'm not naming names of the programs that allow hash tag tweets, etc. I don't want to point fingers because I can't prove anything.
The only finger I can point is to myself. I was ultimately responsible for giving out my Twitter ID and password.
So after getting a few more porn spam direct messages, I realized that this was becoming so common, I wondered if I had already been a victim and my own account had been hijacked as well, and maybe my Twitter followers were just too polite to chastise me for sending them spam.
If that's the case, then let me apologize right here and now to anybody who's received any spam messages from me. I don't spam people, and I hate spam myself. So it may have indicated that it was from me, but it wasn't from me.
I have changed my Twitter password. Now I am the only person (besides Twitter itself, of course) who knows my password.
And you can bet I'll be pretty darn careful about where I share it from now on.