The US Secret Service (@SecretService) launched an official Twitter account yesterday, and in their first tweet (and without a single trace of irony) asked others to follow them.

Secret Service spokesman – an oxymoron if ever there was one – Max Millen has said the Twitter profile will be used to “highlight the investigative missions, press releases, and distribute information to communities hosting national special security events, to explore Secret Service history and promote any recruiting opportunities.”

The account has rapidly moved to almost 10,000 followers, which is nice and all, but does the Secret Service really have a legitimate (and, indeed, welcome) place on a public social network?

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