I protected my tweets on Twitter.
When you protect your tweets, you have to approve any new follower request.
This is easy if you use a desktop or laptop browser. But if you use a Twitter client application, or a mobile browser on Android or iPhone, you can’t approve new followers. In fact, you won’t even know about them. You’ll see new follower requests only if you view Twitter with a desktop browser. (I’m crawling slightly out on a limb here. I’ve tried a few iPhone apps, and none have let me approve follower requests. I can’t find references to Android apps that let you do this, either.)
This irks me.
All mobile web sites should have a “full site” utility link on the home page, if not on every page. Twitter doesn’t do this. You get only the mobile site, and it doesn’t include the follower-approval page.
How does a road warrior access the full site on a mobile phone? The snap answer is, “Use a browser that spoofs the HTTP User-Agent field.”
This isn’t so easy. I tried a couple of iPhone browsers with User-Agent spoofing (Mercury Web Browser Lite, Opera Mini web browser), and Twitter’s mobile site still came up. I didn’t hook up a sniffer, but the obvious guess is that some part of the User-Agent header (maybe a platform id?) wasn’t being spoofed. It tipped off Twitter that I was on an iPhone, so Twitter returned the mobile site.
I finally tried Secret Browser. The ad-free mode ($1.99) has User-Agent spoofing, so I ponied up the bucks. Success!! I set the User-Agent to Mozilla Firefox 8.0, and up comes Twitter’s full web site. With a little dragging and zooming, I can get at the “new follower requests” button and approval page.
If you know of another iPhone browser (or better yet, a free iPhone browser) that lets you access Twitter’s full site, please let me know in the comments!