Many Twitter users are giving an app called "TimeSpentHere" access to their information, thinking that it will tell everyone else how much time they have spent on Twitter. In reality, this app is more malicious than anything and gains access to users' tweets, can edit the user's profile, and can post in that person's name. It also gains access to e-mail addresses. Of course, the app posts an innocent tweet telling people to see how long they have been on the site. People give it access, thinking a friend truly tweeted the information.
The app is dangerous for Twitter users on various levels. First of all, it is identical to various Facebook scams that supposedly tell a person's page views. Unfortunately, the app just creates a random number and posts it into a tweet for everyone else to see and potentially fall for the scam. Malicious applications like this have been around for years now.
TimeSpentHere is dangerous in multiple ways. Obviously, it gains access to a person's profile and even their e-mail address. That information can be used in a phishing attempt at any time. Also, others fall for the scam because they think their friends want them to check out some amazing app. The application spreads quickly from there because tons of people start to believe that it is giving legitimate hour figures.
Sadly, TimeSpentHere is just another scam that thousands of users will fall for because they do not protect their personal information and profiles very well. Malicious individuals create these programs, knowing that a good number of people will take the bait and make a huge mistake. Eventually, users might start being more careful about what apps are given access to profiles. Until then, stay away from TimeSpentHere!