Twitter ‘patch’ the “don’t click” virus with one line of code

Before I get started, I would just like to confirm there is absolutely no reason to change your Twitter password. That’s right. Your password is safe even if you fell for the don’t click scam.

A harmless virus has been seen on Twitter over the last couple of weeks. It manifests itself as a tweet from someone which simply reads ‘Don’t click {link}’
If you are logged into twitter and you click the link, followed by a link on the following page which also reads ‘Don’t click’ then an identical message is posted without your knowledge to your own feed.

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Hide / Remove Info Window / Bubble for Embedded Google Maps

A quick note added in February 2011. Google has now removed the iwloc part of the url in most cases. To remove the pin, you can now add &iwloc=near to the end of the iframe src attribute. So….

<iframe width=”300″ height=”300″ frameborder=”0″ scrolling=”no” marginheight=”0″ marginwidth=”0″ src=”,-2.236788&sspn=0.033864,0.090294&ie=UTF8&hq=&hnear=Manchester&t=h&z=12&ll=53.480712,-2.234376&output=embed“></iframe>

…would become…

<iframe width=”300″ height=”300″ frameborder=”0″ scrolling=”no” marginheight=”0″ marginwidth=”0″ src=”,-2.236788&sspn=0.033864,0.090294&ie=UTF8&hq=&hnear=Manchester&t=h&z=12&ll=53.480712,-2.234376&output=embed&iwloc=near“></iframe>

Thanks to John below for pointing this out

Old information:

Google have tweaked things again. Here is the latest way (March 2009) to embed a map including a location pin without the annoying info window or info bubble showing above it and ruining the maps centre location.

This is particularly important if you are using a small sized map less than around 400px square.

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