I sign onto Twitter minutes ago today and suddenly I see all this:
I had no idea WTF this was.
So I clicked through (I’m not providing a live link).
And it’s a site I’ve never seen with a weak article about tablets. Which also throws up an intrusive large ad overlay.
Now what I think might have happened here is that whatever tweet system was used, it grabbed text past the post headline, which included the “(link via @mikecane)” line.
But the end result is that it looks like the link being tweeted for that post is a link I sent out or have somehow otherwise recommended.
Which brings up a new way of destroying trust on Twitter by scammers and spammers. Sending out tweets that state certain people have recommended or originated a link when they have not.
Update: This gets even worse! The post in question was lifted in total from another blog! So we have outright theft aided and abetted by Twitter misattribution!
Update 2: I’ve since been contacted by the post’s author. He says it was a legitimate cross-post to the other site.