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Friday, 30 January 2009

BBC takes control of rogue Twitter feed

I was a bit confused earlier on this evening when I noticed one of the BBC News Twitter feeds I follow became Not_BBC.

I asked around my virtual office and Ilicco Elia, head of Mobile, Reuters Europe, (@Ilicco) usefully told me that the BBC News feed was a fake being run by a Twitter squatter. (He pointed to this blog post from a few days back).

The fake feed looked pretty genuine as it linked to BBC News articles and did little else. But the squatter was ousted when Gary Williams (@sputnik101) received a reply from the feed.

Williams had tweeted:
"@BBC You are an absolute DISGRACE for refusing to air the Disaster Emergencies Committee’s Gaza appeal: http://www.dec.org.uk/"
He was more than a little surprised when he got this tweet coming back in his direction from 'the BBC':
"@sputnik101 so are you :p".
Jem Stone, one of the BBC's Future Media gurus, describes how the BBC contacted Twitter to claim the feed after they had become aware of the incident. You can find a couple of comments from Jem on the 14sandwiches blog.

Twitter sorted it all out pretty pronto and the BBC have now taken control of the feed.

Rest assured: www.twitter.com/bbc is genuine. And by way of celebration the BBC twitterers took the opportunity to point out some other BBC twitter feeds that are also real.

The question is: who's now been pressed into action at the Corporation to run the feed?

Update: The answer, at least for the time being, is in the comments...

2 comments:

Aaron S said...

no one yet Dan, we're having a think about the best approach.

Lars K Jensen said...

We did the same thing with www.twitter.com/ekstrabladet which has also been snagged by a squatter, and another Danish newspaper, Politiken, did the same with www.twitter.com/politiken.

The Twitter folks are really fast when it comes to these "corrections"/handovers, quite impressive, actually.


Best,

Lars K Jensen
Editorial Project Manager
ekstrabladet.dk

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