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#McDStories, McDonald's Twitter Hashtag Promotion, Goes Horribly Wrong


First Posted: 01/23/2012 11:58 am Updated: 01/23/2012 12:11 pm

On January 18, McDonald's sent two tweets with the hashtag "McDStories." The first read:


McDonald's
"When u make something w/pride, people can taste it," - McD potato supplier

This was followed by a second tweet:


McDonald's
Meet some of the hard-working people dedicated to providing McDs with quality food every day

From there, the #McDStories hashtag was born, but probably not in the way McDonald's was hoping. Negative tweets about the fast food giant began to proliferate, prompting the New York Observer to remark that "some stories are better left untold." Tweets ranged from tweeting about being high while eating McDonald's to throwing up the food.

While the hashtag grew steam, McDonald's also had a back and forth with PETA on Twitter, in which McDonald's tried to correct some of PETA's allegations about using mechanically separated white meat.

This isn't the first time that a fast food company has lost control of its hashtag, points out MainStreet.com. Perhaps even worse than #McDStories was Wendy's hashtag of last year, #HeresTheBeef.

Check out some of the #McDStories tweets below:

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Filed by Carey Polis  |  Report Corrections