MTA Chief Joseph Lhota‘s Twitter account is unique among NY’s politicians, reporters and city officials. He runs his Twitter on his own, and doesn’t allow for much shame or editing. According to the NY Times, Lhota has enthusiastically tweeted about the cancellation of “Jersey Shore,” and has even admitted to Twitter typos because of having too much to drink. His handle is @JoeLhota and he tends to type in all caps. In response to an article about a man starting a fire after microwaving his underwear, Lhota tweeted, “SOME PEOPLE ARE IDIOTS.”
Lhota joined Twitter in August 2011. Julie Wood, spokesperson for the mayor and proprietor of the office’s Twitter said, “People think of the M.T.A. as a nameless, faceless bureaucracy and a huge organization that no one really has their arms around. Here is the guy who does have his arms around it, and he turns out to be this funny, interesting person.” Lhota will not respond to user complaints about commutes or transportation problems, as these should be directed to the MTA itself. However, the MTA Chief does enjoy getting attention on the social media site, but would like to keep his followers at a modest amount.