This is a common story ~ you open up twitter to find loads of @replys and DMs saying:
“Did you get hacked? You sent me a weird DM”
“I’m not really the key demographic for counterfeit pharmaceuticals or online gambling but thanks for the heads up :)”
Or even worse:
“Hi, I clicked that link you sent me, no one was writing mean blog posts about me after all (phew) …but now I have a virus That deleted my entire phd :s”
Brilliant, you’ve been haacked and last night you sent a dodgy direct message to every. single. one. of your followers.
The solution is simple
1. Don’t freak out
This happens all the time and most people know not to click on the links in any case the damage is done the is no way of retracting the messages.
2. Change your password immediately
If you would like to guard against it happening again next week please have a look at my previous post on creating a better, more secure, more memorable password.
3. Thanks and apologies
Send out some tweets and DMs to thank the people who pointed out the fact you had been hacked and apologise to the people you sent weird messages to.
4. Back to normal
That’s it there’s nothing more you can do, though maybe you could tweet about the importance of a better password so the same thing doesn’t happen to your followers…