Twitter Exec Anthony Noto Shows How Not to Tweet in Acquisition DM Fail

By Annifer Jackson

Twitter’s Chief Financial Officer Anthony Noto has inadvertently revealed his desire to purchase another company via a public tweet.

In what surely was supposed to be a private direct message, presumably to a colleague, Noto instead tweeted: "I think we should buy them. He is on your schedule for Dec 15 or 16 -- we will need to sell him. i have a plan."

The public statement was deleted shortly after, with no other details on the mentioned acquisition coming to light.

Noto has been at the company since July, with Twitter a frequent buyer of small innovative companies which create desirable features that could enhance its service.

READ MORE: The Dos and Don’ts of Marketing on Twitter

Rumours as to which company is in question are circulating. Tech news site Recode believes it is Shots, a Justin Bieber-backed selfie app, and/or Secret, an app used to share anonymous messages with wide audiences.

The CFO is not the only high profile person to suffer a DM fail. Former US congressman Anthony Weiner posted a picture of himself in underwear in what was meant to be a private message. 


Featured Articles

Musk’s multibillion hostile Twitter takeover – the timeline

As billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk buys Twitter for US$44bn, we draw up a timeline, from the buying of shares to the critical tweets and unsolicited bid

Sustainable moves businesses can make to win customers, IBM

With half of consumers saying environmental sustainability is more important today than a year ago, businesses should up their eco action, says IBM report

Banks and consultancies top workplaces to grow career in UK

Financial and professional services firms rank highest in LinkedIn Top 25 best workplaces list – from Barclays, Lloyds and HSBC, to PwC, Deloitte and EY

Top 10 women in technology in Europe

Leadership & Strategy

The value of ESG links sustainability to business returns


Top 10 European football clubs by revenue 2022 – Deloitte

Corporate Finance