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

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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About Jay Rigdon

Jay is a columnist at Awful Announcing. He is not a strong swimmer. He is probably talking to a dog in a silly voice at this very moment.