U.S. Navy’s Twitter Lesson on the Perils of Multiple AccountsBy: Drew Bowling - April 18, 2012
Business Insider picked up a peculiar tweet posted to the official Twitter account of the United States Navy this morning. Typically, @USNavy posts the types of things you might expect from an official account belonging to this particular branch of the military, such as what the Vice Chief of Naval Operations has to say or even the occasional photograph of some hands on deck. This morning’s tweet, however, falls outside of those expectations.
What, are the armed forces of America seriously trolling people on the internet now? Nah. Alas, it appears to be have been an errant tweet, most likely the result of one momentarily confused Twitter handler who mistook which account they were posting to on Tweetdeck.
It’s particularly astute at this moment that the term SNAFU is reported to have military origins. The original tweet has already been deleted but, as things go on Twitter, it was already retweeted multiple times before being removed.
Luckily, no state secrets were spilled in this mistaken tweet, but then again, the government shouldn’t be (and probably isn’t) sharing state secrets on Twitter in the first place.