(private twitter compromised?)

update: @tradinggoddess got a hold of twitter and they squared this whole thing out. apparently tweetbeep was pulling old tweets from accounts prior to their going private.

crisis averted! use tweetbeep!

so this tweetbeep is getting some buzz as of late, and serves as a sort of a google alerts for twitter.

according to their website:

If you love Twitter, you’ll love TweetBeep! Keep track of conversations that mention you, your products, your company, anything! You can even keep track of who’s tweeting your website or blog, even if they use a shortened URL (like tinyurl.com).

Great for online reputation management, catching all your @replies, finding job/networking opportunities, keeping up on your favorite hobby, and more!

problogger darren rowse mentioned them on his twitip blog, and they’re being touted for a mashable contest.

here’s the problem, as discovered by @tradinggoddess and mentioned to me on facebook by @elise81:

tweetbeep allows you to see private tweets.

this has a lot of implications, and is a bug that twitter needs to fix. a lot of us protect our tweets for various reasons, none of which i need to remind anyone of in today’s world of online activity and it’s offline repercussions.

i haven’t tested it yet, and i will, but it’s disconcerting all the same.

even if you don’t care, for those of us who do, digg this post or send @biz a tweet to let him know.

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