The wails you may have heard earlier today on line were probably the sound of attention-seeking narcissists who value their self-worth in the number of people who follow them on Twitter. Many of that lot screamed in agony as every user's count was rolled back to zero.
This brief spell of quantitative equality was because a bug that allowed any one user to force any other user to follow their account.
The company's team fixed the issue within a few hours of being notified of the bug, and says that private or "protected" accounts were not revealed due to the bug.
And now follower counts are back. Meaningless metric of influence restored.
Jackson West figures at least half of his Twitter followers are probably either spam or dead accounts.