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Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Da Tweet Heard 'Round Da Parish

Posted By on Tue, Oct 27, 2009 at 7:54 PM

Anyone monitoring the official Jefferson Parish Emergency Management Twitter account (now defunct!) at 1 a.m. on Monday must've been up for a surprise ... a surprise that had nothing to do with hurricane watches, tornado warnings or Black Friday at Clearview Shopping Center.

The T-P called it "waxing philosophical on e-mail about an old flameWe'll let the official JP press release explain what happened:

This morning at approximately 1:00 a.m. an employee of the Jefferson Parish Emergency Management Department was at home e?mailing a friend on a privately owned computer device. The two were discussing an old girlfriend using some explicit language. In the midst of their e?mail conversation the employee accidentally sent a reply to the parish’s emergency management twitter account. The employee immediately realized his mistake and removed the content from the twitter site.

We sincerely apologize for this incident and for offending anyone who may have received this message.

The parish is removing the twitter account from the site until such time as more safe guards can be put in place to prevent this from happening again.

We must strike a balance between giving our emergency management staff the ability to send emergency information to our citizens on 24/7 basis from any location in an effort to protect lives and property with the need to prevent accidents and abuses from occurring on these social media sites.

Due to the fact that these messages were sent out on privately owned devices on a non?parish owned network we do not have any access to the e?mails or messages.

Fortunately, we do. Courtesy of Gambit reader Champ Superstar, the unexpurgated offending Tweet:

@JPEmergncyMgmt: frm behind. She love DP too. And loved 2 watch me be onside another woman

Reminder, kids: Don't drink and Tweet!


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