Do you really want to “friend” the CIA?

The CIA goes social with their own Twitter & Facebook accounts.
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It seems like the CIA now has more friends than you’d expect since it decided to join Facebook & Twitter. Their reasoning is that making their own presence in the social media world will help prevent imposters from making a bogus site. In less than nine hours, the CIA had attracted 268,000 followers on Twitter.  And its first tweet, “We can neither confirm nor deny that this is our first tweet”, was retweeted as many as 170,000 times.

CIA also joined Facebook and had more than 7,300 likes by the end of the day. “We are the Nation’s first line of defense. We accomplish what others cannot accomplish and go where others cannot go,” it said on its Facebook page. There are probably quite a few people that can agree with that statement. It must be odd to be the ones with people following them when they’re used to following people. Brendan Spaar wonders if the CIA is a friend you really want.

Having a social media presence can be fun & a great way to keep in touch but it can also have a dark side. Former friends &  romantic partners or anyone else can use the internet to let the world know how they feel about you & why. No matter if it’s a bunch of crazy stuff or not… it’s still out there for the world to see.  The CIA might find out that having their presence on social media might not be the great idea they thought it would be. Now they will be at the mercy of the online world just like everyone else. Already some followers have asked for help finding their lost passwords & tweeted links to articles about the CIA’s interrogation tactics.

It has been reported that a group from the agency looks at public tweets and statuses from users overseas & that group scans up to 5 million posts a day. Brendan Spaar wonders who was “lucky” enough to get the job of being the person/people responsible for the CIA Twitter & Facebook posts. Is it a real person or a will they use a drone? It’ll be interesting to see what sort of pictures they’ll post on their wall & what things might be tweeted.