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August 27, 2008: Fake Mad Men Profiles Rule Twitter


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August 27, 2008: Fake Mad Men Profiles Rule Twitter

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2008- AMC asked for the takedown of some Fans of the TV Show “Mad Men” who decided to create Twitter profiles of the fictional characters. Don Draper, Peggy Olson, Pete Campbell and others were restored to their original stature. Of course, you realize you are only getting Twitters from a fictional character, but what the hey! It’s a great show.

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