May 18, 2011

Tweeter Dee & Tweeter Dum

I've been following the U.S. Secret Service on Twitter ever since last week when they established a new account.  It fascinates me to think about a man in a trench coat and a fedora, blending in on a park bench with his concealed piece while tweeting away on his Blackberry.  Normally their tweets are really dull.  Nothing top secret, understand:   nothing about grassy knolls or underworld spies like you might think.  Most of their tweets have been about recruitment fairs mixed with modestly-phrased bragging about 50K runs.  And they refuse to follow anyone else on Twitter, which I don't think is playing well with others.  When I last checked Twitter at 9:45 p.m., they were being followed by 19,773 people but not one of us made the cut as a followee.

The Secret Service may have to reverse that strategy and just follow a lot of people instead of letting anybody follow them . . . because today a bored agent thought he was using his personal Twitter account and tweeted this inappropriate (yet strangely appropriate) tweet:   “Had to monitor Fox for a story. Can’t. Deal. With. The. Blathering.”  For the record, I can't stand the Fox blathering either.  But I hate MSNBC blathering every bit as much.  I feel that I can't get fair or balanced news from either of these two networks.  This post isn't about politics so don't get your fedora in a twist.  This is about secrecy and the ironic use of social media to sustain it.  That's all.

Gotta go -- man in trench coat knocking at the door . . .

1 comment:

  1. You only think they don't follow anyone. That is what puts the secret in the service. Since they are at your door, you know that now don't you?


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