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December 31, 2008
Schneier on Twitter
This account, "bruceschneier," is not me. This account, "schneier," is me. I have never posted; I don't promise that I ever will.
Posted on December 31, 2008 at 2:33 PM
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pretty ballsy to try to impersonate Bruce...
and it looks like that false account no longer exists.
Very ballsy I'd say.
Do you really post as @security ?
i think @security is just pulling from the rss feed using twitterfeed. could be anybody.
Actually, looks like @bruceschneier is now @fakeschneier. FWIW there is a large tradition of satire accounts on Twitter, like Steve Jobs, RMS, Sarah Palin, John McCain, Bill Gates. You should be flattered.
@Ken: This isn't new. People create "fake" accounts on SocNets all the time.
Why, Shawn Moyer and Nathan Hamiel did it as part of their "Satan Is On My Friends List" presentation at BlackHat, DEFCON, and other cons.
While sometimes the "fake" accounts are created for malicious purposes, they usually seem to be just for fun. Judging by the flowery background and the silly posts, @bruceschneier looks to be anything _BUT_ evil.
For those on Twitter, Bruce is properly fellated by @securethinking
this was funny:
"I *allow* vulnerabilities to exist so that the rest of you will have something to do. You should thank me."
You shoudl put rel="me" on those links so computers can read them as assertions too.
Oh, man. At least find somewhere to put the statement 'Hashes collide because they're swerving to avoid me'...
That's a classic.
Hehe. I liked: "Hashes collide because they're swerving to avoid me."
There's no #security category in the Shorty Awards yet. Tweet
@shortyawards I nomitate @schneier for #security
Because it would be fun and mildly annoying to ballot-stuff Bruce. ;-)
You should use it, even if it's just using http://twitterfeed.com/ to announce your latest blog posts. It is surprisingly fun and addictive.
BTW, it's not me, or Nathan. We asked for permission from Bruce to use his persona in our impersonation excercises on SocNets and he said no, quite emphatically, and we honored that.
Also good move setting a persona for yourself on Twitter and staking the claim. It's better to say "that's not me but this is" I think, then just to say "that's not me".
i wish bruce has an active twitter so that we can follow your thoughts more real time . :)
Why don't you post to Twitter?
You may be able to reach a larger / more general audience and expose them to security issues which even if it all it did was "prime" them to keep in mind security- would be a worthy goal. Why not? Drive more people to your blog, ideas, etc.
Bruce is everywhere. He is all around us. Even now, in this very room. You can see him when you look out your window or when you turn on your television. You can feel him when you go to work... when you go to church... when you pay your taxes. It is the world that has been pulled over your eyes to blind you from the truth.
Have a great New Year! :)
By not actually using it, I think @schneier is really missing out on a lot, and @bruceschneier is quite funny. Also, he just guaranteed the satire version a lot more publicity, heh heh.
That"s a story, and you"re sticking to it.
Everyone knows it's impossible to impersonate Bruce Schneier.
May I suggest that you hook the blogs rss feed to twitter? (Twitter feed) Might collect a whole load of new readers?
There's enough off subject 'twittering' on this blog as it is without inviting a whole new readership on board! ;-)
Now, about the secrecy of aboriginal message sticks....
atroon: I just "suggested" it at Bruce Schneier Facts. ;-)
Is "Santa Claus" a fake account? I have been posting under Santa for weeks. Should I be concerned? Is that why I did not get anything this Christmas?
"You should use it, even if it's just using http://twitterfeed.com/ to announce your latest blog posts. It is surprisingly fun and addictive."
I usually UNfollow someone that only tweets their latest blogs, eww. If I'm already subbed to their blog feed, why on earth would I want to be told they've blogged twice?
The pink impostor was funny though, sorry 8^)
My favorite celebrity impersonation twitter account is the Notoriuos B.I.G.
Only Bruce could have hundreds of twitter followers without ever posting a single tw33t.
It would be awesome if you were on Twitter. Please consider this. Pretty please?
While your blog is very very good, if you started using twitter in a spontaneous way, you would be sharing your brain waves of a different frequency with us! I, @myalbino , started following you in case you change your mind.
Maybe just one tweet a month? :)
"if you started using twitter in a spontaneous way, you would be sharing your brain waves of a different frequency"
indeed. a phatic one, not to be confused with one that actually conveys information....
Please do not use twitter. It is a corporate captive social network. Use http://identi.ca instead. No single company controls the network, and it's easy to pick your account up and take it somewhere else.
Would be worth at least one post on that Twitter feed to link to this page, even if you never use it again.
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