The Best of the ‘APTweets’ Hashtag

by Alyssa Oursler | April 23, 2013 2:29 pm

The Best of the ‘APTweets’ Hashtag

Whether you love or hate Twitter, there’s no denying that it’s influential. In fact, based on today, it may be a little¬†too¬†influential.

The Associated Press sent out a tweet this afternoon saying that there was an explosion in the White House and that President Obama was injured. Stocks sold off en masse as a result — with the Dow Jones Industrial Average shedding over 100 points in seconds — then recovered once it was exploited as a hack.

This is the kind of things that makes me shake my head at social media. Luckily, the aftermath is also the kind of thing that makes me love social media: Namely, the start of the “APTweet” hashtag — arguably one of the best Twitter moments for the markets since Google‘s (NASDAQ:GOOG[1]) early-release earnings prompted the “Pending Larry Quote”[2] account.

Twitter users are making up other bits of fake news and broadcasting the headlines using the hashtag. Take a look at some of the best:

As of this writing, Alyssa Oursler did not hold a position in any of the aforementioned securities.

  1. GOOG:
  2. “Pending Larry Quote”:
  3. #APTweets:
  4. April 23, 2013:
  5. #manufacturing:
  6. #aptweets:
  7. April 23, 2013:
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  11. April 23, 2013:
  12. April 23, 2013:
  13. cnn:
  14. upi:
  15. April 23, 2013:
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