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Mad Men characters vanish from Twitter!

by Bob Sassone, posted Aug 26th 2008 2:40PM
Vincent KartheiserIf you're a fan of Twitter, the site where you microblog using only 140 characters max for each post, then you might have heard that several Mad Men characters have been on the site too. At first many people thought that this was cool marketing by AMC or the producers of the show, but actually they were accounts created by fans and AMC didn't like that. Now they've forced Twitter to take down the accounts.

The accounts affected include Don Draper, Peggy Olson, and Joan Holloway, though several other Twitters from other characters on the show seem to be safe (for now). The official word on it is that it was a copyright infringement problem.

This is really too bad. Some of the most creative, fun posts on Twitter are being done by fictional people (not just Mad Men but others as well). I would hope that AMC would hire some people to take over the accounts for each character, to be the official Twitter bloggers for the show. It's a great way to market it.

Update: AMC and Twitter have restored the accounts!

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I love reading these twitters, they are well written and sharply in character. And they respond to their followers quickly.

Sure, I'd love it more if they were being written by the actual Mad Men staff...but that's so unlikely these days. TV people aren't dealing with Twitter yet. Except the EUREKA folks.

It's like really good fan fiction. In 140 characters or less.

August 26 2008 at 10:34 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
John Howard

It doesn't make any sense to have people who are supposed to live in 1962 doing this. I can see why AMC wouldn't like it.

August 26 2008 at 4:56 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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