The new owner of @DUPLeader, who wanted to remain anonymous, told indy100 how they acquired the handle.
“I noticed it was available at 6:48 PM · May 27, 2021 to be exact and tried to register it a few minutes later,” they said.
“To my amazement it worked.”
The person - who is based in Dublin but originally from Monaghan - described it as a “random occurrence, and seized the opportunity” and said it was “surprising” when they gained 2,000 followers.
They also said that they have “disliked the DUP for years” and they will probably use the account to “poke fun at their incompetence, especially around their fumbling of Brexit, and their backward policies.”
Despite being a DUP critic, the person stated: “I’m not a member of any party, and don’t vote for anyone in particular habitually.”
The DUP have not been in contact with them to relinquish control of the account, they added.
Even if they did contact the account, the anonymous new owner probably wouldn’t give it back, “I think I’ll keep it,” they said.
“I’ve received many DM’s of congratulations for getting hold of the username.”
People on Twitter have shared their thoughts on the handle’s new home.
@SJAMcBride @DUPLeader Provocative on a number of levels. @ArleneFosterUK Interesting to see what happens followers, will they notice.
“I may post on Twitter but I don’t look at it, and I think I would advise members from right across this chamber that that’s a very good thing to do,” she said, after being asked for her opinion on a tweet by her DUP colleague Paul Frew.
However, Foster was savvy enough to keep the DUP leader account – including its 96,000 followers – and simply changed the handle to her own name. That, of course, prompted the @DUPLeader handle to become available to anyone that wanted to use it.
“Swift move for someone who said they don’t look at Twitter,” one person said.
New leader Edwin Poots, for his part, is tweeting under @edwinpootsmla.
Indy100 has reached out to the DUP, and Arlene Foster’s office for comment.