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Lemme Tweet That For You…

Lemme Tweet That For You…

What happens to a controversial tweet?

More often than not, it gets deleted.  Quickly.   One of my greatest/silliest fears is that I will send out a personal tweet on the Academy account.  It’s not that I make a habit of tweeting controversial things, but I doubt folks who follow the @GattonAcademy account want to hear about Doctor Who.  Well, maybe.

Even when errant or ill-conceived tweets are deleted, the problem is that screen captures help these statements live on forever… or at least as forever as the rapid pace of the Internet will allow.  That is what is so troubling about the web app lemmetweetthatforyou.com.  I can’t say it’s an incredibly complex or genius bit of code, but I do assert it could be fairly dangerous.

One simply enters the username of any public account on Twitter.  Lemme slurps the name of the user, the profile photo, and page background as well.  If you use links, @ mentions, or hashtags, they will also appear in the color palate of the profile.   You can event set a time stamp for the tweet.  It looks like a tweet… but it’s a tweet that never existed.

The image for this post is a fake tweet I made for my wife.  She has never read The Hunger Games.  I doubt she would get the joke above.  With the movie coming out tomorrow, it’s all good fun.  What if I made a fake tweet from our university’s departing athletics director that said “Bye suckas!”?  What if there was a fake Academy tweet that said “No dumb people.”?  While there are very minor, tell-tale signs that these aren’t real tweets, imagine the time it would take to explain it away.

With how quickly incorrect information moves across the Internet, who would even care?

Sometimes a dumb tweet can even result in a bit of social good; however, I don’t think this tool will promote that kind of action.