The Associated Press learnt an important lesson about using correct punctuation within a 140 character Tweet.
Yesterday the news wire sent out a Tweet to inform the world that a Dutch military plane, carrying the victims of the Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 crash, had landed in Eindhoven.
Sadly, AP’s Twitter handle sent out the following:
This awfully phrased Tweet sparked a fear that the plane carrying the bodies from MH17 had crash landed in Eindhoven.
Twitter was sent into a temporary frenzy thanks to the missing comma between ‘crash’ and ‘lands’.
It was quickly followed by a clarification tweet nine minutes later.
Come on AP, didn’t you guys ever read Eats, Shoots & Leaves?