Last week, we brought you the news that Sarah Palin had a secret Facebook account registered to her personal Gmail address, which was mistakenly revealed in her ex-aide Frank Bailey’s book transcript. Now, we’ve found a Twitter account registered to that same e-mail address: mckinely777, which is listed under the name “sarah.” What does Sarah Palin use her secret Twitter account for? Pretty much just to follow her other Twitter account. She’ll do anything to increase that follower count and seem more popular, we guess. Or she just really likes herself. Both?
By the time we got to the mckinely777 account last night, it hadn’t posted any tweets, or they had been scrubbed before we got there. The account followed SarahPalinUSA first, of course. It also follows the Drudge Report and Newt Gingrich. It didn’t have any followers of its own when we came across it. But really, who would follow a dummy account that only exists to follow SarahPalinUSA?
In retrospect, it does seem kind of strange that the non-denial denial Palin posted on Facebook on Wednesday mentioned “fake” Twitter accounts:
On a side note, there’s always buzz about fake Sarah Palin Facebook and Twitter accounts. Please know that this is my only authentic Facebook account and SarahPalinUSA is my only authentic Twitter account. Pay no attention to the fake accounts and their fake messages.
At the time, nobody in the press was accusing her of having a personal Twitter account, just a personal Facebook account. So this seems like it was a preemptive move to deny the existence of a personal Twitter account that would eventually surface.
Which makes sense, because even though we never mentioned it in our earlier posts, Palin’s people knew we knew there was a Twitter account registered to her personal e-mail address. Last Monday night, after we plugged the e-mail address into Facebook, we went to Twitter. Twitter lets you see if there are accounts registered to the e-mail addresses in your e-mail contacts. So we added the Palin Gmail to our contacts and were able to see that she had an account, but we weren’t able to see what it was. Twitter will only let you see a contact’s account is if she allows herself to be found by her e-mail address. So we clicked to request the user to allow herself to be found by e-mail.
Between then and the time we put up the post on the Facebook account the following morning, we never checked to see if Palin clicked the button on the e-mail that arrived in her Gmail box asking her to allow herself to be found on Twitter. But apparently she really is that dumb, because when we looked at Twitter again yesterday, we were able to see what profile is registered to that Gmail account. Now we know why the non-denial mentioned “fake” Twitter accounts.
According to Twitter, the mckinely777 account was created way back on January 24, 2010. Based on the “wall” posts of the first Facebook account that was created after “Lou Sarah” was, we know the “Lou” account dates to at least November 2009. Both came into being only months after the last e-mail excerpted in Bailey’s book.
By the way, Google will never reassign a Gmail address that was already registered once, even if the user deleted their account. So nobody but Sarah Palin could have used that account unless she allowed it or she was hacked. Given that the account is still in operation (and she’s not suing any hapless college kids), that seems unlikely.
Anyway, who in the world would name her account “mckinely777”? Somebody who loves Alaska so much that Mt. McKinley is the first thing that comes to mind when she thinks of a random name, but somebody who also can’t spell “McKinley.” Yeah, that sounds like Sarah Palin. [Twitter]