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Fifteen minutes of fame, Twitter-style

A glitch at Twitter gave non-celebrity Twitter users a brief status upgrade.

Twitter this week had “quite a mess to clean up,” said John Herrman in Gizmodo.com. In the world of the social-networking site, a user’s status is determined by the number and fame of the people who follow their posts. This week, non-celebrity Twitter users got a brief status upgrade when a user posted instructions on how to force other Twitter users, including celebrities, to join their “followers.” In fact, “Oprah is following me right now.”

Within hours of discovering the glitch, Twitter wiped out the bug, said Helen Popkin in MSNBC.com, and then reset every account. For a short while, it appeared that account holders had—gulp—no followers. “Was my last post that offensive?” tweeted satirical songwriter Weird Al Yankovic. “Looks like I’ve lost every single one of my followers.”

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