Twitter Trump Blunder, Facebook new two factor verification and Google Maps gets wheelchair friendly

Twitter Trump Blunder, Facebook new two factor verification and Google Maps gets wheelchair friendly

Twitter may have made you follow Trump

People who were fans of Obama will have most likely been following the @POTUS account on Twitter. When Trump took office, the @POTUS tweets from the Obama administration were archived under @POUTS44, the tweet count was reset but all followers continued to be followers of the main account.

All of this sounds normal, except for when Twitter started to encounter issues after not realising how difficult a task migrating millions of followers would be. Due to this, approximately 560,000 people who unfollowed the Presidential Twitter account found themselves still seeing the less eloquent administration’s tweets.

If you’ve had enough of the @POUTS account, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey advises checking to see which of the two accounts you are currently following and stop following the relevant account.

An additional Trump-themed piece of news this week is that South Park creators are laying off Trump as a source of comic material. The reason they say is that they “can’t keep up” and that they believe Trump is funnier than anything they could come up with. The full interview is available on  

Twitter POTUS

Latest Google Maps Update 

Google Maps is arguably amongst the more useful applications that most people have on their phone, however, most of us won’t have noticed a functionality gap. Googler Rio Akasaka has. Starting in America, with plans for a wider rollout, people can now discover if a location is wheelchair friendly – without trying to decipher the answer from behind an ill-placed van on Street View.

This information can be found in the general information about a location, e.g. opening times. The users have to scroll down and there they can see about the site’s accessibility – or add it if the record hasn’t yet been updated.

This isn’t an overnight fix to the problem, as it relies heavily on manual entry from users, but as companies continue to upload and update their profiles, the information available will only improve. 


New Facebook two-factor authentication

Anyone who has two-factor authentication and has lost or replaced one of their devices knows the difficulty that this security feature can cause. Facebook thinks they have the solution:

“With Delegated Recovery, Facebook lets users set up an encrypted recovery token for sites like GitHub, and stores it at Facebook. If you lose the login information for GitHub, you’d simply log in to Facebook and send the stored token to the site to prove your identity and regain access. The token is encrypted, and Facebook can’t access the information stored on it. Facebook also promises not to share it with third-party websites (aside from those you authorize).” (TNW)

Whilst this is still in trial with GitHub, a successful launch here is likely to spread quickly, especially as the people who develop systems with this will already be aware of it and see its success first hand.


Stephen Collins