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Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Okay, Who's Spoofing Richard Callow on Twitter?

Posted By on Wed, Jan 19, 2011 at 7:07 AM

One of St. Louis' most politically connected people, whose public relations firm Public Eye has close ties to City Hall and St. Louis County government, has developed an evil online twin of late. 

Beginning last week someone has been sending out tweets aping the Twitter account of Richard Callow (@publiceyestl). The fake Twitter account calls itself @unpubliceyestl and even uses Callow's mug shot as its avatar. But who is it calling himself (or herself) "Dicky Callow" and posting all these ridiculous posts, such as the following from Sunday?
The real Richard Callow tells Daily RFT he has no idea.

"It seems to be fueled by equal parts 5 Hour Energy drinks, second semester sophomore year, and Netflix," says Callow of his fake Twitter profile. "It is following 600 of the same people I am, so it will be as enlightened and amused as I am by the tweeps in my timeline."

And while Callow is taking @unpubliceye in stride so far, there's one thing about it for which he cannot forgive.

"There is no excuse for using that ugly avatar," he says. "I have to, but that's because it is my own head."

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