How to create your circle of Twitter interactions without exposing the privacy of your account.
We will explain how to create your Twitter engagement circle, and we are going to do it with a method that does not expose the privacy of your account. These circles are an image that is created by several websites, and in which your face appears in the center and around you those of the Twitter users with whom you interact the most.
As always happens with this type of social network interaction that goes viral, there is always a page that tries to take advantage of to mine user data by asking for more permissions than it needs. Therefore, after explaining how to generate your circle of interactions, we will end by saying what you should avoid so that they do not take advantage of your account through abusive permits and authorizations.
How to create your circle of Twitter interactions
The first thing you have to do is enter the Chirpty website, which is Chirpty.com. Once there, you simply must write your username and click on the Generate button. If you prefer, you can also write the username of another Twitter account so that its circle is generated, here it is not strictly necessary that it be your account.
There may be times when you get an error message. This is so because the Twitter API only allows services to make a certain number of requests, and this website only has a certain specific amount available every 15 minutes. When there are no free slots, you will have to wait that long or pay a euro if it is something that requires you to be in a hurry, but it is not necessary at all.
But if there are free spaces, as soon as you type your name and click on Generate, it will take you to a screen telling you that your image is being generated, and in a few seconds you will have your image of circles created. You will not have to give permissions or anything similar, and you will have a Save Image button to download it to your computer or mobile.
Top right, you will have a Blackground Color option with which to change the background color of the image. You can click on its box and a window will be displayed in which to choose the exact color you want to use, and when you download it, the image will use that same color.
How to know which websites want to take advantage of you
The safest website for creating interaction circles is called Chirpty.com, and it doesn’t ask for any kind of permission. You just have to put your username, and it will generate the circle. The page uses the public data that Twitter offers in its API to generate this.
But looking for deception, there are pages that try to imitate the other with names like Chirpty.me, so the first step is make sure that the page you enter is the good one, because in the cases of clones, they always try to imitate the main page of the web that has become popular.
When you put your username on the web that we have told you, it will automatically generate your image. Be careful if you see a screen like the screenshot above, since it means that the page is asking you for access to a series of data and controls on your web page. It is very important that you read these permits, and the more permissions a website asks of you, the more you should be suspicious, both for this and for anything else.
In the case of Twitter engagement circles, Chirpty’s original website will never ask for your permission. And if you look at the one above, which are those of an impersonator, it asks you to take almost total control of your Twitter account to do many things on your behalf. It even asks for such absurd and obviously unnecessary permissions as blocking other accounts on your behalf using your Twitter account.
In other contexts, there are many websites and services that will need you to give them permission on Twitter to do things on your behalf. For example, if you want a website to publish something on your account without you having to do more, you will need to give it permission to publish tweets on your behalf. However, you should always think to what extent you want to expose your account, and it is always advisable that you do not give permissions to the pages or applications that ask for more than are strictly necessary.