BP's Latest Woe: Its Fake Twitter Stream Has Twice the Followers of the Real Thing

Last Updated May 24, 2010 12:57 PM EDT

It's the least of BP's problems right now, but "BP Global PR" has more than 8,000 followers on Twitter for fake announcements from the embattled oil company. Some tweets almost sound like they could be genuine:
Please do NOT take or clean any oil you find on the beach. That is the property of British Petroleum and we WILL sue you.
While others obviously aren't:
Negative people view the ocean as half empty of oil. We are dedicated to making it half full. Stay positive America!
When you're done laughing, ask yourself whether you've secured all the most plausible Twitter names for your own company. All businesses run into trouble every now and again -- you can live without the ridicule while you're dealing with it.

For the record, BP's real Twitter stream is probably this one, which is doing a remarkable job of telling it like it is:

Live video feed from the ROV monitoring the flow from damaged riser on BP.com http://bit.ly/lWvgD #BP #oilspill
It only has half the followers of the fake BP however, and it isn't offering a "BP Cares" T-shirt either (pictured).

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