I suspect you might have stumbled on to some control signal mechanism
within Twitter's backend. There might be special words that you can
send that somehow control aspect's of twitter's message routing and
buffering backend when sent this way.

Alternatively there's some pattern matcher inside Twitter's backend
(looking for special patterns in tweet text, such as retweet patterns
or @mention patterns) that hiccups on this pattern.

I like the first option more because it excites the imagination, but
the second may actually be more likely.

Brian Maso

On Dec 30, 9:04 am, Adam Green <140...@gmail.com> wrote:
> Interesting. I did some more tests here.  I can only get this error
> with a single asterisk followed by a single word. A single asterisk
> followed by two or more words is accepted. Also, when I enter a tweet
> with just a single asterisk and no other characters, I don't get an
> error, but the tweet is not put into my account. It is just ignored.
> This set of errors is reproduced when I try it with multiple accounts.
> On Thu, Dec 30, 2010 at 11:36 AM, Adam Green <140...@gmail.com> wrote:
> > When I try entering a tweet through Twitter.com that starts with an
> > asterisk, I get an error of "Sorry! We did something wrong", and the
> > tweet does not get sent. The same thing happens if I use Tweetdeck.
> > To try this, send the following tweet:
> > * test
> > There is no problem using a single asterisk anywhere else in a tweet
> > that I can find.
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