Nearly 10 hours after the NYPD launched its doomed Twitter campaign, #myNYPD was still trending in the U.S.
A writer at Gawker called the hashtag fail "predictable" while a Quartz headline read, "The NYPD just figured out the perfect way to publicize its own worst moments."
So, what went wrong? How did this whole share-your-NYPD-photos thing turn on its head so quickly?
According to CNN, the NYPD said in a statement it was "creating new ways to communicate effectively with the community. Twitter provides an open forum for an uncensored exchange and this is an open dialogue good for our city."
The New York Times reports the NYPD enjoyed some success in 2012 with a viral image of an officer giving a homeless man a pair of boots, but adds that today's lesson is "Be Careful What You Tweet For."
At least one user offered up a simple explanation for the failure, saying "Like, seriously guys. It's the Internet." (Via Twitter / @MattMarkiewicz)
The New York Times added that the department is not deterred, despite today's #myNYPD offerings. Spokesman Stephen Davis told The Times, "You take the good with the bad."