Velazquez didn't know it at the time, but this was just the beginning of what would become a viral social media prank that resulted in Giuliani's typo being used to send an anti-Trump message: "Donald J. Trump is a traitor to our country". "Out of control! Supervision please?" declared the former mayor of New York's tweet. He didn't put spaces in one of tweets, and the beginning and end of two of his sentences wound up with the same structure as a legitimate URL.
For the low price of about $6, Giuliani's tweet now links to a simple website that bears the blunt anti-Trump text.
Beyond the general manic tone of the tweet itself, you may have noticed Giuliani forgot to create a space between G-20, and.In which in effect created a link. There, you can find many, many articles about Mueller's Russian Federation investigation and the Trump-related discoveries thereof. He tells CNET the whole process took him 15 minutes, and "I did it, mostly, because I could".
To bolster his argument, Giuliani noted that his second "period no space" error ("Helsinki.Either") didn't generate a link.
Most twitterians lauded the person who bought the domain and captioned it.
Even Mexico's former president Vicente Fox was amused, tweeting that "whoever is behind the g-20.in, is a. genius!" With no facts or justification, he blamed Twitter, saying employees there are "cardcarrying anti-Trumpers". Time Magazine also may fit that description.
Giuliani suggested without evidence that Twitter may have been involved in linking his tweet to the apparent anti-Trump website.
Twitter turns text into a hyperlink only if it recognises the letters after a full stop as representing an established top-level domain (TLD) name.
One Twitter user previously claimed credit for taking advantage of this window of opportunity.