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The Internet has completely revolutionized the way we communicate, the way we think, and the way we get annoyed by ads. Whoever thought we might one day receive "personal" emails from the CEOs of large corporations? Or that Facebook ads could know if we happen to like fish tacos or Neil Diamond cover bands? (What? Have you not heard Surreal Neil belt out 'Cracklin' Rosie?') One of the most irritating new advertising strategies occurs on Twitter where companies try perhaps a little too hard to incorporate trending topics into their tweets. Here are the 10 most blatant examples of actual sponsored tweets:
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#IWannaSlap


#IWannaSlap Radio Shack for this sponsored tweet.

#BestThingsAboutBeingSingle


#WorstThingsAboutBeingSingle  You eat at Arby's.

#TalkLikeAPirateDay


Come on Best Buy, you can do better than this.  Idea for next year: "Check out our BluRay players because we no longer sell VCRRRRRRS!"

#UKnowUHungryWhen, #FastFoodAddiction


From the folks who brought you the Double Down.  #WhyAmericaIsFat

#FootballFriday


Really?  From "Where's the beef?" to "Don't fumble your hamburger?" Dave Thomas must be rolling over in his square-shaped grave.  Might as well just raise your prices $6 and change your name to Qwikster while you're at it.

#PirateDey??


This one is just baffling.  But then again, so are the people who follow Chili's on Twitter.

#TheLastTimeIChecked


Apparently the Dorito's social media marketing guy is a total stoner. #MakesSense

#OreoMoment

Sometimes companies try to start their own trending topics:

Thanks for clarifying the time zone, Oreo.  Is that 2PM Central?

#IfTwitterWereHighSchool


#IfTwitterWereHighSchool, Nextag would be your cheesy algebra teacher who sings songs about the quadratic formula and wears fish ties on Fridays.

#piratefashion


Okay, this one is actually pretty good.  Well played, Old Navy.

Follow Ken on Twitter @kenfurer.
And share more sponsored tweets like these at #worstsponsoredtweets.



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