The curious case of the fake Steve Ballmer
On Twitter today, a fake Steve Ballmer quickly gained a lot of followers as people discovered the account. The account tweeted a few times, with a bunch of convincing pictures that hadn’t been posted anywhere else online, so many were lead to believe it was real.
Thanks for having me @Twitter! Guess I’m supposed to start with a #selfie, right? pic.twitter.com/Ivcas8gn2T— Steve Ballmer (@MicrosoftSteve) April 18, 2014
The account quickly gained steam, with Anil Dash, Steve Sinofsky and others (including myself) tweeting the account, falling for the trick. Something seemed fishy about the account but I couldn’t put my finger on it.
I was almost convinced that the account was real (even Gizmodo wrote something about “Ballmer’s” first tweets from...