Tweets gone #wrong
Wed, Jun 1, 2011 (2:55 p.m.)
The week Osama bin Laden was killed, a slew of disturbing tweets came from the Twitter account of Firefly (@FireflyLV), including “F*CK YOU!” and links to sites about 9/11 being an inside job. An hour or so after the hate-spree hit, this also arrived via tweet: “I apologize for all the unfortunate posts that showed up recently. Our account was hacked.” No such excuse for the Secret Service. When one of its employees tweeted, “Had to monitor Fox for a story. Can’t. Deal. With. The. Blathering” from the verified @SecretService account, they received their 15 minutes of Internet embarrassment. The Red Cross (@redcross) also faced a potential PR scare when one of their employees tweeted, “Ryan found two more 4 bottle packs of Dogfish Head’s Midas Touch beer…. when we drink we do it right #gettngslizzered.” The organization apologized and jokingly assured followers of their sobriety. Vendors across the country began offering free Dogfish Head beer to patrons who donated blood. Apparently, the twitterverse can be a pretty understanding place. Anybody who’s forgotten to log off Facebook on a friend’s computer and later found an update like “I love boning sheep” understands. These things happen. So, c’mon, @FireflyLV, start tweeting again. It’s been a month, and I miss your daily reminders about how tasty you are.