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Fake BP account makes oil spill jokes

May 26, 2010

@BPGlobalPR has attracted more than 36,000 Twitter followers but, they’re not the real BP.

The fake account was set up on May 19 and states via their bio that ‘this page exists to get BP’s message and mission statement out into the twitterverse!’.

Tweets from the fake account include:

We feel terrible about spilling oil in American waters, we’ll make sure the next spill happens where the terrorists live

The ocean looks just a bit slimmer today. Dressing it in black really did the trick!

The good news: Mermaids are real. The bad news: They are now extinct

Really worried about the effect this disaster will have on bikini season. The sun is still shining ladies, get out there!

BP’s official account, @BP_America has a measly 5,481 followers in comparison and claims to not be making any efforts to shut down the fake account.

Toby Odone, a BP spokesman, says “people are entitled to their views on what we’re doing and we have to live with those”.

Whilst it is evident that the Twitter account does not belong to the real BP on the basis on its tweets, is it really fair to impersonate another through social media? It’s not okay to pretend to be a celebrity so why would it be accepted to take on big business in this vein? I don’t have issues with what @BPGlobalPR is tweeting, but surely their username and bio information should clearly state that they are not the real deal.

What do you think?

2 Comments leave one →
  1. May 26, 2010 9:51 pm

    I agree! Twitter is quick to shutdown celeb impersonation pages, and it should be the same for companies. I think it would be funnier if they made their name something a little more spoofy, rather than going for an official sounding name.
    I’m curious as to why a company with as many resources as BP wouldn’t want to shut down a potentially damaging fake account? Perhaps they do not fully understand the impact of social media!

  2. The Destructionist permalink
    May 26, 2010 10:27 pm

    BP will soon inject drilling mud and concrete into the broken pipeline at a pressure of 50 barrels per minute in an effort to stop the flow of oil into the Gulf. Unless they know the accurate volume of oil, along with the pressure at which it is escaping, there will be little chance of success.

    Scientists claim that approximately 50,000 to 100,000+ barrels of oil a day are leaking into our coastal waters. Knowing those approximations, we can roughly calculate how many barrels of oil are escaping from the pipe every minute and how much pressure will be needed to cap the well:

    •50,000 barrels a day / 24 hours a day / 60 minutes = 34.72 barrels per minute
    •100,000 barrels a day / 24 hours a day / 60 minutes = 69.44 barrels per minute
    In order for the “Top Kill” plan to work, the drilling mud and concrete must be forced into the pipe at a rate exceeding the pressure at which the oil is escaping. As you can see (above), BP might have a slim chance of success if the pressure from the pipe is below 50 barrels per minute. However, if the oil pressure is above that number (72,000 barrels a day or more), their attempt to seal the well will be ineffective.

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