Like Some Domains, Social Media Vanity URLs can be unintentionally confusing like Twitter’s @BP

Twitter @ BPAlthough Bryan Pendleton (the grad student, tinkerer and hacker) registered the vanity URL twitter.com/bp with Twitter early on, he’s been the target of mistaken identity by people upset about the BP oil spill which continues to take a toll on the environment and economy.

The official Twitter page for BP is @BP_America, but that hasn’t stopped people from inadvertently sending angry messages to Bryan Pendleton. Bryan Pendleton, who even set up a Twitter list called @bp/i-m-bp-not-bp-america, has been retweeting messages received by angry Twitter users.

Here are some of the messages Bryan has retweeted in recent days:

“RT @CollardGreen: Dear @bp u f*d my life up. Now give me my $. I can’t fish or nothing. Must admit. Don’t need hair grease no more”

“RT @janraposa: @BP. You screwed up royally here, and you’re making me want to drop all my pounds… “

According to Bryan’s friends on twitter, the irony of the whole situation is that Bryan Pendleton is apparently one of the greenest people they know.

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