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Top 10 tips for David Cameron as he joins Twitter

12 Oct 2012
Prime minister David Cameron reading at his desk

Prime minister David Cameron is clearly bored mooching around Number 10 Downing Street as he joined Twitter this week, despite having famously claimed "too many twits might make a twat".

This remark was met with outrage by the Twitterati at the time, who claimed it showed how out of touch Call Me Dave was with the common social media person on the web.

Cameron has now rectified this, about two years late, at the same time the Tories hold their annual party conference - well, nothing like some good publicity.

Having already managed to outrage the Twitter collective once before when he wasn't even on the site, we thought we'd warn DC of some of the other basic Twitter mistakes that can occur when using the site, so he doesn't make some other notable boob, gaffe or blunder.

10. Keep an eye out for parody accounts

bp-logo1During the awful Deepwater Horizon oil spill of 2011, BP was slow to react to public opinion which turned against the firm rapidly for its role in the explosion and the subsequent environmental disaster that followed in its wake.

What made it worse was that a fake parody account on Twitter of BP was taken as an official account by thousands of followers. They watched agog as the account, which they believed was real, wrote highly inappropriate jokes and comments about the incident.

In the end the account had many more followers than any of BP's official accounts and no doubt left many thousands of followers still unaware the account was fake and with an even worse perception of the company than they already had.

Other brilliant parody areas include the Daily Mail fooling for a clearly labeled fake Steve Jobs account and using one message as the basis for an entire story about the iPhone.

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Dan Worth

Dan Worth is the news editor for V3 having first joined the site as a reporter in November 2009. He specialises in a raft of areas including fixed and mobile telecoms, data protection, social media and government IT. Before joining V3 Dan covered communications technology, data handling and resilience in the emergency services sector on the BAPCO Journal

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