As mentioned yesterday Rupert Murdoch has recently joined Twitter, and an account claiming to be his Wife was also mentioned in most news articles as giving him advice on using the service.
I have just stumbled across the account again where it now shows that it was in-fact *NOT* the wife of Rupert Murdoch. More interestingly the account was verified for a full day by Twitter – without even contacting the account owner to verify anything.
This is certainly interesting, and worrying particularly as previously twitter have stated that the verified accounts program was ended, yet apparently they have made an exception for Rupert Murdoch and his apparent wife.
It’s truly incredible how many media outlets assumed this account was genuine… such as The Telegraph, The Guardian and The Daily Fail,
Although who could blame thenm when twitter is going around verifying (but not actually verifying) the account… I do take a little glee in the fact I was a little skeptical, and now can’t help but wonder if it’s the real Rupert Murdoch behind @rupertmurdoch
It seems no one can resist Twitter, even 80-year-old Rupert Murdoch wh o is now tweeting under @rupertmurdoch, it seems he started tweeting on New Years Eve and has been regularly updating with fantastic drivel that only a multi-zillionnaire media-tycoon could.
It’s interesting to see Murdoch on a social media platform which has undoubtedly played a key role in much of the controversy and a great source of open-free debate on the actions of News Corp and indeed the now defunct paper News of the World. We also covered the LulzSec hacking of News International sites much of which was being discussed live over Twitter as events unfolded.
Rupert Murdoch’s new social media presence has sparked mixed feedback, with many poking fun at the past years controversy, including avid tweeter John Prescott (@johnprescott):
So far his tweets have included comments on the Steve Jobs blog being unfair, his winter holiday and of course plenty of mentions of papers and films owned by News Corp & 20th Century Fox… (hint: he owns ’em).
At present he’s only following 4 people, the Exec Chairman of Twitter (@Jack), Zynga co-founder Mark Pincus (@markpinc), Lord Allen Sugar (@lord_sugar) and a parody account for Larry Page… Maybe he doesn’t realise it’s not the real one eh?
At present he’s clocked up over 53,000 followers and has been listed over 556 times. Not bad for a few days work… Let’s hope he doesn’t try to buy it though. Otherwise I fear this blog may be one of the few media sources not controlled by the questionable media mogul.