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Padres change Twitter handle to “Madres” for Mother’s Day, immediately lose original handle – Awful Announcing

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Padres change Twitter handle to “Madres” for Mother’s Day, immediately lose original handle – Awful Announcing


Padres change Twitter handle to "Madres" for Mother's Day, immediately lose original handle - Awful Announcing

In what seemed like a fun gesture, the San Diego Padres changed their @Padres Twitter handle to @Madres to celebrate Mother’s Day.

Happy #Madres Day!

Today, we’re celebrating Moms everywhere. #MothersDay #callyourmom pic.twitter.com/qthwB44fPB

— San Diego Madres (@Madres) May 12, 2019

That’s no big deal; changing a handle to a different one lets you retain your following, and it’s for a good cause. The one thing you should absolutely do, though, if you’re a professional team with 400,000 Twitter followers, is to make sure Twitter knows to lock down the original handle. Or even create a holding account for the @Padres handle, so you can easily switch back to it.

The Padres did not do that.

Shoutout to Ricky from East County, who appears to have landed the @Padres handle for today? Haha. pic.twitter.com/RvUF8syO7s

— brady phelps (@LobShots) May 12, 2019

Ricky managed to hold on for a few hours before the Padres switched back:

My handle changed back by @Padres still takes you to my profile… Sneaky @Madres

— Ricky Padilla (@RickyPadilla22) May 12, 2019

It’s tough to say where the breakdown was but this does seem like a logical set of assumptions:

The Padres strike up an advertising deal with Budweiser… clearly a pre-planned event for the @Madres handle switch. They reach out to Twitter and arrange the details. Fairly simple if Twitter agrees…

1) Make the switch
2) Freeze the original handle

— brady phelps (@LobShots) May 12, 2019

The @Padres handle is now frozen, so it appears someone finally flipped the correct switch. But not before Ricky managed to have the @Padres handle for a few hours.

Ricky Padilla the 🐐

— Dave Guido (@Devoguido) May 12, 2019

whoever runs atPadres never had to go through the anxiety of changing tumblr usernames without giving up your old one and it shows

— kelly (on a rehab assignment) (@kellyawallace) May 12, 2019

So, now everything seems like it’s back in order, although there are still a few replies to @Padres that direct to Ricky’s account. It was a great example of one of the few purely fun things on Twitter: brands and/or celebrities having their plans foiled by random people.

[Featured image: @LobShots]

Padres change Twitter handle to "Madres" for Mother's Day, immediately lose original handle - Awful Announcing

About Jay Rigdon

Jay is a writer and editor for The Comeback, and a contributor at Awful Announcing. He is not a strong swimmer.

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