The Social Networker

by Chris Miller at 02:25:05 PM on Tuesday, July 28th, 2009
TwitViewer fired up as a way to see who is stalking you on Twitter.   It quickly became a fast moving trend only to end in closing of the site as it peaked.  A quick check shows that it was registered as a domain only today.

NOTE: Do not confuse the .net site under suspicion with the .com site that is a way to enter a Twitter status id and see the entire conversation.

Registered through: GoDaddy.com, Inc. (http://www.godaddy.com)
 Domain Name: TWITVIEWER.NET
 Created on: 28-Jul-09
 Expires on: 28-Jul-10
Last Updated on: 28-Jul-09

Having seen that would raise an eyebrow but someone could have been developing this for some time and never had a good domain name associated with it.  So next we look to see who is behind it and are greeted with another bad sign:
Administrative Contact:
Private, Registration TWITVIEWER.NET@domainsbyproxy.com
Domains by Proxy, Inc.
 DomainsByProxy.com
 15111 N. Hayden Rd., Ste 160,
 PMB 353
Scottsdale, Arizona 85260 United States
 (480) 624-2599

A post office box private registration with no way to link or contact back to the site originators.  The site finally has a clip saying they do not understand why all this happened but they might be back under another domain name.  I imagine the crush of traffic and the the forgery marking on Firefox did not help in any way.

Mashable did a test and created a fake account and then used the service where it showed hundreds of people visiting that account name.  Highly unlikely.

  • 1) T-Rex
    Created by T-Rex at 7/28/2009 6:37:53 PM email | website

    People on the Internet aren’ t very likely to listen to just one anonymous commentor.

  • 2) re: T-Rex
    Created by Chris Miller at 7/28/2009 9:19:31 PM email | website

    Who is anonymous? They didn't post here

  • 3) TwitViewer.net - the rise and fall and possible scam
    Created by Lotro powerleveling at 7/28/2009 9:57:51 PM email | website

    Your article is nice.Thanks for your sharing,it helps me more.I will look forward to your more wonderfull articles.Have a good time.



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