official news of the Verizon iPhone, expected to arrive at this morning's press event in New York City, hosted by Verizon Wireless. It appears that Verizon's official Twitter account (@Verizon) has been tweeting from an iPhone, even before the phone's existence on that network was confirmed.Just a bit of fun while we wait for the
Of course, a number of publications picked up on this, suspecting it was a hint about today's news. But last night, the tweet in question disappeared...which actually seems more of a confirmation that the original tweet ever did.
The tweet was first spotted by journalist Rich DeMuro, and was later blogged about by theiPhoneSpot.com, Business Insider and TechCrunch, to name a few. The text of the tweet itself was not notable - it referred to Verizon's home monitoring/control service, a new product introduced at last week's Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas (CES 2011).
But the source of the tweet was interesting: "Twitter for iPhone." Was this a sneaky, subtle hint about today's news? Or was the person in charge of the Verizon Twitter account actually using an AT&T iPhone?
Screenshot credit: Business Insider
But what was even more strange is that the tweet getting copied and reposted around the Web oddly disappeared only hours later. Did Verizon pull it down? Apparently. And a Verizon PR isn't saying why.
I think we know.
Google still has the tweet in its cache here.
@VerizonWireless, Such a Tease
In the meantime, if you're looking for interesting tweets, @VerizonWireless has been a tease for days, tweeting yesterday: "Getting ready to make news on Tuesday," and now this morning asking a follower "if we said what the Verizon event Tuesday is going to be about - would it still be news?"
Yes, yes it would.