If there is one place on the Internet where reality and faux personalities reign free, it is Twitter – the rapid pace of the constantly updating network allows mistakes to proliferate tenfold, sending shock-waves across the web much faster than ever before. And, this morning, Bill Keller, the former Editor of the New York Times, unfortunately learned this lesson the hard way.
As the piece spread across the Web, the Times’s Executive Editor put his foot down and called out the false nature of the work penned in his name:
THERE IS A FAKE OP-ED GOING AROUND UNDER MY NAME, ABOUT WIKILEAKS.EMPHASIS ON “FAKE. “AS IN, NOT MINE.
— Bill Keller (@nytkeller) July 29, 2012
Bilton immediately apologized for unknowingly tweeting out a fake link to thousands of followers, remarking,
I just deleted a Tweet sent late last night that was from a fake NYT Bill Keller account.
— Nick Bilton (@nickbilton) July 29, 2012
But a few picked up to its suspicious nature before Keller confirmed it: if you follow that link, you’ll notice that the URL is ‘opinion-nytimes.com’ – on the website, the real URL is nytimes.com/opinion. Oh, you techies. Actually, we just realized how ironic that is since Bilton is the top tech writer. Ouch.