Twitter exec makes embarrassing social media mistake

An embarrassing gaffe this week has showed that even those in the business of social media can make mistakes when using the sites.

The executive of Twitter, Anthony Noto gave those who struggle to get to grips with the site a bit of relief by showing that even he can make mistakes when using the social media site.

Instead of sending a private direct message (otherwise known as a DM) about purchasing another company, Noto instead put it in a public Tweet, broadcasting it to his nine thousand followers.

Fortunately, Noto neglected to include the name of the firm he was discussing. The Tweet merely read, somewhat ambiguously: “I think we should buy them. He is on your schedule for Dec 15 or 16 — we will need to sell him. I have a plan [sic].”

This highlights again an ongoing issue with Twitter, in that its interface can be a bit confusing. Noto is definitely not the first person to mistake a public Tweet for a DM.

Fairly recently, a New York congressman Tweeted a picture of his crotch, thinking he was sending it as a direct message.

It is thought that Noto could have been talking about any number of businesses most suggested being owners of alternative apps that Twitter could work with or expand out to own.

Next time you want to send a direct message on Twitter, double check, because if the owners of the site can make that mistake, you might too.