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CIA Joins Twitter, Starts Off With a Groaner

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everybody loves the cia right?
"American Dad"

The CIA joined the social media platform Twitter on Friday. It's already racked up 620,000 followers since then. Despite being a spy agency known for following people, it's only "following" 25 accounts on Twitter, mostly other U.S. spy agencies. What's the purpose of the CIA having a Twitter account? Even a spy agency needs to spend some time managing its image. Perhaps the CIA wanted to show off its lighter side. It's first tweet was: "We can neither confirm nor deny that this is our first tweet." HAHA, get it? Cuz the CIA is all about being clandestine and not being forthright with the American people.

Twitter, of course, is about neither of those things. Almost every tweet on Twitter is public, available for everyone to see. That model doesn't really lend itself to obfuscation. It lets public figures try to communicate with the public without mediation from mainstream media but the public itself can be just as harsh. A tweet can sometimes be worth a thousand words of controversy, especially for public figures and companies with poor social media management.

So what is the CIA going to do on Twitter? Don't expect it to start following foreign leaders, foreign spy agencies, or even terrorists and terrorist groups it is actively targeting. As you can tell from its first 25 follows, expect the CIA's Twitter account to be a collection of uncomfortable attempts at connecting with the younger generation and cheering on other government agencies; what most government Twitters do.

You can expect the CIA account to be a magnet for trolling too. WikiLeaks is excited about the CIA joining Twitter, tweeting that they looked forward to sharing great classified info about the CIA. It looks like the CIA's social media person (it is a government bureaucracy, it could be a whole unit) saw Wikileaks' tweet. The CIA's second tweet mirrored Wikileaks', saying it looked forward to sharing great unclassified info with its followers. Perhaps the best response to the CIA joining Twitter, and its horrible first attempt at humor, came from the New York Review of Books, which spent the next hour tweeting the CIA's greatest recent hits.

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  1. Ed, I am disappoint. We all agreed that the only way to make Seth MacFarlane go away is to ignore him and you’re not helping.

    1. Boo. American Dad! is one of the funniest shows on TV, and MacFarlane’s voice work in it is great. Fortunately, he does not have any hand in writing it.

      1. Seth McFarlane sucks donkey dicks and his popularity is evidence of the ineitable fall of western civilization.

        /leaves for vomitorium

      2. The best compliment I’ve heard paid to Seth McFarlane’s work was that he steals his ideas from Matt Groening.

  2. CIA joining the Twitterverse indicates to me that the CIA found a way to use Twitter as a vehicle for infiltrating electronic devices.

    /looks at tin-foil hat. debates whether or not to put it on.

    1. It is an indication to me that any revolutionary or espionage activity has already moved on to something else.

  3. “So – a CIA drone, a Pakistani wedding party and an Imam walk into a bar…”

    #CIAJokes

    1. Raymond Allen Davis is a diplomat.

      #CIAJokes

  4. As you can tell from its first 25 follows, expect the CIA’s Twitter account to be a collection of uncomfortable attempts at connecting with the younger generation and cheering on other government agencies; what most government Twitters do.

    There’s nothing creepy about that at all.

    1. They have to connect with the younger generation. They’re the ones with the fewest failures to reminisce about.

  5. “What do you think of the President? No need to answer, we already learned the answer from reading your email, lol.”

  6. “We’re offering a prize for whoever tells the dirtest joke with the punch line #Mosaddegh”

  7. WTF is up with Reason’s lag time? The DC and Hot Air had this story more than a day ago…

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  11. WTF is up with Reason’s lag time? The DC and Hot Air had this story more than a day ago…

    1. It appears to be Squirrel related lag.

  12. Fucking squirrel-ass muthafuckas….

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