Rudy Giuliani's Twitter typo leads to anti-Trump prank

Marsha Scott
December 6, 2018

But last night Giuliani made a decision to take the nonsense to extreme levels of nonsense, accusing "cardcarrying anti-Trumpers" at Twitter of allowing "someone to invade" his tweet to insert that link.

It was, decidedly, no such thing.

Rudy Giuliani wrote Tuesday that the social network had "allowed someone to invade my text with a disgusting anti-President message". He was referring to a November 30 tweet in which Giuliani - by failing to put a space after a period, and starting the next sentence with the word "In" - had inadvertently created a hyperlink. "Out of control! Supervision please?" declared the former mayor of New York's tweet.

Here's what happened. Giuliani was referring to a previous tweet in which he made a typo when referring to the G-20 conference in Argentina.

When Jason Velazquez, 37, who owns a web design firm in Atlanta, saw the tweet, he immediately bought the domain for about $5.

It was the type of throwaway gag that entertains Twitter users for a few hours before forever fading from memory.

This is not the first time a Twitter typo by Mr Giuliani has drawn the wrong kind of attention. He characterized it as evidence that Twitter employees were "cardcarrying anti-Trumpers".

On Friday, Giuliani took to Twitter to rail against Robert Mueller in a five-sentence tweet. Time Magazine also may fit that description.

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Twitter denied Giuliani's allegations.

"Without thinking, I went and purchased the domain and then I thought, 'I could literally put whatever I want up and he would either have to delete the tweet or leave it up because you can't edit a tweet, '" he said.

Because of how Twitter works, hyperlinks are automatically created when valid domains are written out in tweets.

Despite all of Giuliani's tinfoil hat protestations, the Trump lawyer is not the victim of a malicious bias from Twitter.

It's not uncommon for political figures to display a lack of understanding regarding the machinery of the internet.

"For those familiar with domain names, ".in" is a TLD (Top Level Domain) extension for the nation of India. Both tweets are (at least at the time of this posting) still up.

Rudy Giuliani issued a garbled text message response late Tuesday to a reporter seeking comment on Mike Flynn's sentencing memo.

At most, Velazquez thought his stunt would get a "few hundred retweets" and then be absorbed into the Twittersphere, but by early Wednesday morning, Giuliani's tweet containing the link had about 45,000 likes and almost 17,000 retweets.

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