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Step Two: Make a Parody Twitter Handle

BY Nick Judd | Tuesday, November 16 2010

Someone's co-opting the Transportation Security Administration's Twitter identity.

The federal agency's recently implemented decision to use more, uh, thorough pat-down procedures during airport security screenings for people who refuse to go through full-body scanners has already incited a lot of disagreement online — this looks like an escalation.

The @TSAgov account, which started tweeting yesterday, reads like it's trying to hit the same nerve that Josh Simpson, aka Leroy Stick, aka Terry from BP did with the BPGlobalPR Twitter handle during the Gulf of Mexico oil spill.

The hand or hands behind the TSAgov account started cranking out tweets yesterday, and have nearly 1,000 followers as of this writing.

One difference between BP and the TSA is it looks like this pseudonymous parody account has some more lively opposition: TSA's "Blogger Bob," an equally pseudonymous person or persons who goes back-and-forth with (some, but not all) commenters on the Department of Homeland Security's TSA Blog. The TSA also reaches out to the occasional Twitter user via the @TSABlogTeam account: