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Olbermann names Twitter "Worst Person in the World" for allowing account in his name, not realizing that the account was run by MSNBC to promote his

Funniest Keith Olbermann Thing You'll Read Today [Greg Pollowitz]

On Friday March 20, Keith Olbermann named "Twitter" the Worst Person in the World — specifically, a conspiracy to create a fake Twitter profile for him. Here's the transcript:

But our winner is Twitter. I told you this was trouble. I find out today that I have 13,900 some odd followers on Twitter. I‘m not on Twitter. I tried to sign up last summer and abandoned the project. I found this out when I got a piece of junk e-mail today, at my address, from some outfit trying to barnacle on to the Twitter process. Though it was my address, it had somebody else‘s name on it, possibly whoever was perpetuating the fraud. The subject line read “Dan Cooper Media, local Tweet request.” And the e-mail began, “hi Dan Cooper Media.”

Who is Dan Cooper and why would he be getting spam e-mail about my fake Twitter account? He is one of the five architects of Fox News. Despite all this, Twitter will not suspend the phony account in my name. Just remember, whoever you think you are following on Twitter, might be them and it might not. Twitter, tonight‘s worst persons in the world.

And now the really funny part. This is from today's New York Times "Bits" blog on Twitter's future business model:

The team does not yet know what the paid service will include, but Mr. Stone said it will likely offer things like analysis of the traffic to businesses’ Twitter profiles and verified accounts so customers know they are talking to the actual business. (That would help businesses avoid the Keith Olbermann mishap earlier this week. Mr. Olbermann named Twitter “the worst person in the world” for allowing a fake account under his name, but it turned out that MSNBC was running the account, unbeknownst to Mr. Olbermann, says Mr. Stone.)

Anyone know of an apology to Fox News yet? I did a quick search of the show's transcripts from Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday and didn't see one.

Also of note, I actually was following Keith Olbermann on Twitter for a day or so, until I realized he wasn't using it. Whoever is in charge of the feed now has blocked it from public view. But, from what I remember, the posts were in the first person. Maybe NBC should admit that it was ghost-posting for one of its anchors?


Added: Mar-30-2009 Occurred On: Mar-30-2009
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