On Sept. 26, during a little-known quasi-holiday called “Love Note Day” that encourages the writing of sentimental blather to loved ones, there was one very unusual contributor to the gushing chatter on social media: the US National Security Agency (NSA).
— NSA/CSS (@NSAGov) September 26, 2015
Below, a sampling:
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The NSA employees who created the e-cards may have intended them as a joke, or as a quirky public relations ploy to win back public trust. (The NSA did not respond to Quartz’s request for comment.) In either case, the outreach raised eyebrows on Twitter.
You also left some “love notes” in my home network, smartphone, and laptop. @NSAGov
— Izzy Galvez (@iglvzx) September 28, 2015
— Bob Houle (@USARMY12BC4) September 26, 2015
— Kevin Wilsey (@NonMotivated) September 26, 2015
— PolyParadyme (@PolyParadyme) September 27, 2015
Awkward as they may be, the NSA’s love notes reflect the growing use of social media by US government agencies—with varying…