Jason Velazquez immediately noticed that something was wrong with one of Rudolph W. Giuliani's tweets.
It was Friday, and the lawyer of President Trump had issued another letter criticizing Special Prosecutor Robert S. Muller III. Unlike Giuliani's other tweets, an annoying space between two sets of previously normal text turned a light blue hyperlink.
"I chuckled a bit that he created this random connection," Velazquez, 37, told the Washington Post in a Tuesday telephone interview. Atlanta director of digital marketing said he "knew immediately it was just a typo," but that did not stop him from clicking on the link.
Velazquez did not know it then, but that was just the beginning of a viral social media prank that led to Giuliani's typo being used to send an anti-Trump message: "Donald J. Trump is a traitor of our country ". The stunt infuriated Giuliani, who falsely blamed Twitter Tuesday for "allowing someone to invade my text," which many president's cybersecurity adviser cited because of his lack of technical know-how -how accused.
Today's episode of "Grampa Can not Understand the Internet." "Is * Dreadful *
– Kevin M. Kruse (@KevinMKruse) December 5, 2018
It started at 6 pm Friday when Velazquez came across the random hyperlink in Giuliani's tweet. Giuliani unintentionally left out a space between one period and the beginning of another phrase beginning with "In", which happens to be the Internet country code for India.
After clicking on the link, Velazquez discovered that no one owned the domain.
I went and bought the domain and then thought: & # 39; I could literally put anything I want, and he would either have to delete the tweet or give up because you can not edit a tweet & # 39; & # 39 ;, he said.
For the low price of about $ 6, Giuliani's tweet now links to a simple website containing the blunt anti-Trump text.
The execution of the prank took only 15 minutes, said Velazquez, who bought the domain for a whole year. He shared with him what he had done on Twitter in writing, "Rudy has not distinguished g-20 from .in. In this case, a boy bought the domain. "
" I wanted something. , , brave, "he said. "Certainly something that [Giuliani] did not want to be connected to his tweet."
Velazquez believed at most that his stunt would get "a few hundred retweets" and then be included in the Twittersphere, but early Wednesday morning, Giuliani's tweet containing the link had about 45,000 likes and almost 17,000 retweets.
– Pete Logan (@peteloaf67) December 4, 2018
"Click on Rudy's Link" wrote actress and activist Alyssa Milano for her 3.47 million Twitter followers. 19659016] Even Mexico's former President Vicente Fox was amused tweeted that "who stands behind the g-20.in is one. , , Genius!
Although Giuliani did not seem to know for several days that one of his tweets insulted the president, it changed on Tuesday.
"Twitter allowed someone to break into my text with a disgusting anti-president message," Tweeted Giuliani, adding that "the same time interval did not take a space later and it did not happen. "(Giuliani probably referred to a part of the November 30 tweet that was" Helsinki.Either, "which is not a valid domain.)
He continued," Do not tell me that they are not anti-trumpers Card carrier are. , , , FAIRNESS PLEASE. "
A Twitter spokesman told The New York Times: "The accusation that we artificially inject something into a tweet is completely wrong", he adds The social media site can not edit tweets.
Giuliani was immediately roasted by the Internet for what a Twitter user  described as "turning a typo into a conspiracy theory."
Many were excited to point out the shortcomings of the allegation and draw attention to Giuliani's background on cybersecurity.
Hey "Cyberzar", that's how it works.
. 1 You accidentally tweeted a URL that did not exist.
2. Someone bought this URL and sent it to a website.
3. You left the tweet above.
Twitter had nothing to do with it. There was no invasion.
Here is some recommended reading for ya: pic.twitter.com/0dtkt7IL4U
– Mike Flacy (@mikeflacy) December 5, 2018
"The man is responsible for the cyber , Tweeted NBC reporter Ben Collins, who called Giuliani's tweet "absolutely confusing".
Velazquez told The Post that Giuliani's follow-upweet " this is reflected in the impulsive nature of the administration, where they are not thoughtful, especially on Twitter. "
Although he does not know exactly what prompted Giuliani to defend himself, Velazquez said he saw that the new tweet was shared. Around the same time, news broke that Mueller had recommended the former national security consultant Michael Flynn may not hold a prison term.
Perhaps, according to Velazquez, Giuliani tried to get something out of the court record. To prevent this, Velazquez has made a brief update of its website.
Below the anti-Trump text in slightly smaller font is a headline about Mueller and Flynn that contains a link to a relevant reddit thread.
As fun as that may be, that's far from the most important thing, "said Velazquez.
A number of people suggested that Giuliani could simply delete the tweet with the offending link. But Velazquez said he does not think that's going to happen.
"That would mean I forced him to delete it," he said. "It's a funny Catch-22, either I can influence his Message or message. "
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