Twitter: are we going too fast and too furious?

A adopção e o entusiasmo crescentes na utilização do Twitter pode conduzir-nos a práticas inadequadas — como já aconteceu no passado com outras aplicações, e.g. com o email — e a criarmos uma confiança excessiva num serviço que, pela forma como foi concebido, é intrinsecamente inseguro. Neste contexto, em que não é possível garantir a autenticidade, a confidencialidade e a disponibilidade das mensagens e dos intervenientes, o serviço só deve ser usado para comunicações triviais em que estes elementos sejam, de facto, irrelevantes. Tim Bass escreve sobre este tema num artigo de opinião:

Frankly, I find it socially irresponsible that a number of people are jumping on the Twitter bandwagon for highly critical applications. Are they not aware that Twitter was designed as an open, unreliable, insecure communications channel? (...)

Recently there has been a lot of activity about stock trading with Twitter. Even if you think you know a source of a twittering tweet is reliable, and someone sends you a message and says “Buy Amazon Now!”, you run the risk of the account being hacked into or simply masqueraded (identity theft) (...)

Twitter was not designed for mission critical applications. Twitter was designed to answer the question “What are you doing now?” in an informal (and not secure nor reliable way). Of course criminals are going to use Twitter for promoting their fraudulent Pump-and-Dump stock trading schemes! Marketeers have already seen the potential, and are “tweeting their wares” constantly …. and this is only just beginning!

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