CIA debuts on Twitter with a joke: Too clever? (+video)(Read article summary)
The CIA poked fun at itself Friday with its first tweet on Twitter: 'We can neither confirm nor deny that this is our first tweet.' Many applauded the quip, but not everyone was laughing.
The Central Intelligence Agency scored big Friday afternoon when the clandestine agency launched its new Twitter account with the tweet, â€śWe can neither confirm nor deny that this is our first tweet."
Within an hour, more than 60,000 Twitter users signed up to follow the newÂ @CIA account, and a torrent of tickled tweets commending the agencyâ€™s sense of humor flooded the Twitterverse.
The agency Twitter account will feature â€śphotos, reflections on intelligence history, and fun facts from the CIA World Factbookâ€ť as well as career postings and shots from the CIA Museum, according toÂ an agency press release. The release also says that the agency will participate in Throwback Thursday (#tbt), a weekly trend when social media users post old photographs of themselves.
The agency also launched a Facebook account this month, though that account hasnâ€™t yet garnered nearly as much attention. So far, fewer than 300 people â€ślikeâ€ťÂ the CIA Facebook pageÂ since its inception on June 1. The agency already had a website and Flickr and You Tube accounts.
This may be the first official CIA Twitter account, but the agency is no stranger to social media. Agents have been mining tweets for intelligence for years in a social media-tracking center,Â The Atlantic reported back in 2011. It's a point that many users had a bit of fun with Friday.
The CIAâ€™s foray into social media came less than a week after a New York Times article based on documents revealed by former NSA-contractor Edward Snowden sparked concerns that the National Security Agency has been amassing a database of photos collected via social media.
Not all Twitter users were so eager to joke about the nation's clandestine activities.