I don't go on Twitter as much as I probably should. So imagine my surprise when I logged on and found that I had a lot more followers than I remembered. I'd gone from a few hundred to over a thousand. It was pretty obvious that my Twitter had been hacked. The strangest thing is that they didn't tweet anything or even send any messages. They just followed a lot of followers. I guess I was part of a botnet for a while? Anyway, here's what I learned about what to do when your Twitter account gets hacked because their support team was utterly shite.
Of course it wasn't.
The next day I was back to 1000 followers. See; Twitter doesn't log you out of apps when you change your password. Other services will typically log you out of all instances of your account when you change your password but Twitter won't. This was when I emailed the support team and told them someone was accessing my account from an app and if they could log me out of all instances of my account. Instead I got an email telling me *how to log on*. What a fucking waste of time.
That was when I got the bright idea to just search online for the answers. I should have done that right from the start really. That's when I learned that you aren't logged out of apps and services by changing your password. You have to go through your account settings to the "Apps" setting. From there revoke the access for everything that you aren't using and all the apps on there. That logs you out of everything. All you need to do is re-verify your actual app when you log back in. Or just leave it if you aren't using the app.
At that point I changed my password one more time. I went through three Twitter passwords in 24 hours. Bloody hell.
Well there you have it. If you notice that your Twitter has been hacked revoke access for all the apps in your settings, change your password, and grant permission to your own apps once more.