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Did Microsoft use the "Firefox' keyword on Twitter to promote IE9?

This is interesting ... searches on Twitter for the term 'Firefox' were pointing to a 'Promoted Tweet' featuring IE9. Did Microsoft purchase the 'Firefox' keyword on Twitter to promote its own browser or was it just a happy accident for Microsoft?

This is interesting ... searches on Twitter for the term 'Firefox' were pointing to a 'Promoted Tweet' featuring IE9. Did Microsoft purchase the 'Firefox' keyword on Twitter to promote its own browser or was it just a happy accident for Microsoft?

Here's the link (the IE9 'Promoted tweet' is no longer being displayed).

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This was spotted by Paul Roget, Mozilla Tech Evangalist who pulled up the Redmond giant, calling on the company not to be 'lame'.

Sneaky tactic or clever tactic or just a happy accident that just happened to benefit Microsoft? Does it matter if a competitor does this? Does anyone even pay attention to 'Promoted Tweets'?

I've reached out to Microsoft for comment and will update the post if/when I receive a statement.

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