By Harry McCracken | Wednesday, December 9, 2009 at 1:52 am
It started last Thursday. My iPhone vibrated, and I checked it and saw that I’d just received a tweet via SMS–even though I have Twitter set up so there’s not a single soul whose tweets are delivered to my phone. (I do get direct messages sent via SMS, but this wasn’t a DM, nor did it mention me…or seem to be addressed to me in any way.)
I didn’t think much of it. But then it happened again. And again. At an increasing rate, even–in the past 24 hours, I’ve received a dozen random mystery tweets. They all seem to be from people I’m following, but other than that, I detect no pattern.
When you think Twitter’s behaving weirdly, there’s an easy way to check if you’re right: Ask Twitter. I did, and found a surging sea of confused people wondering why they were getting random tweets via SMS.
San Francisco, we have a problem.
So far, I’ve found plenty of people noticing something odd is going on, but no theories about an explanation: There’s no reference to the situation on the Twitter blog or the Twitter status page, or in the Twitter forums.
I remain mystified, but I’ve contacted Twitter to see if anyone there can tell us what’s going on. If you have any hard knowledge or theories, please chime in…