Many people have how coule @RepWeiner do something so stupid? It may not be stupid…
It may be a tech issue.
This from the comments at Patterico…
You ask how it could be done accidentally, and actually it’s quite simple. Direct messages, especially longer ones, are often split by the cell phone provider… the first part of the message will go to the recipient as a direct message, the second part will be treated as an @recipient and posted to the general twitter feed.
Thus if the good representative had added a bit of copy to explain the photo.. like what a great deal he got at Target when he went shopping, and added the yfrog link at the end his provider could have split off the link and it would have continued on as a general post.
Comment by Hunt — 5/31/2011 @ 11:48 am
How to Send a Private Message From Your Phone:
In addition to sending direct messages from the web, you can also send direct messages from your phone and most 3rd party applications.
- Open a text message window to your Twitter short code, or logging in to your application
- Begin your message with a letter "d" and the username of the follower your wish to message, like this: d olivia
- Type your message, being careful not to exceed 140 characters. (Example: d Support Hey support! Thanks for your help.)
- Send the message
Note: If your message is longer than 140 characters and Twitter receives it intact, we will send your message in two parts for you. But, beware: if your service provider breaks up long messages into two parts before sending the message to Twitter, we will only see the d+username attached to the first message! The second part will post to the public time line as a regular update because it doesn’t have the d+username preceding it.
Huge h/t to @Romanflute and Hunt!!