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The Twittersphere mocks Stephen Harper during cabinet shuffle announcement

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Prime Minister Harper arrives at Rideau Hall for cabinet swearing-in ceremony

You have to commend Stephen Harper and the Prime Minister's Office for announcing their new cabinet on Twitter on Monday morning.

As a techie friend of mine put it: 'welcome to the world of social media in 2013!'

[ Related: Stephen Harper shuffles his cabinet: includes eight newcomers, four new women ]

Unfortunately, it didn't go all that smoothly for the PMO.

One of Harper's first tweets, on Monday morning, was about him welcoming four new women to cabinet.

That received a little bit of backlash:

And then Harper — or his staffers — made some mistakes with a minister's Twitter handle.

When announcing that Bernard Valcourt would remain as Aboriginal Affairs Minister, they used the handle @MinBValcourt instead of the correct handle which is @Min_BValcourt.

An enterprising individual jumped on that mistake and launched a fake Bernie Valcourt account:

Alas, the PMO corrected their mistake. Fake Bernie took it in stride.

Yup - welcome to the world of social media in 2013!

(Photo courtesy of the Canadian Press)

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