When Wednesday’s Democratic debate came to an end, Joe Biden somehow confused and combined his campaign website and a short text message code in his final statement.
"Go to JOE 30330 and help me in this fight," Biden said at his farewell the night of the debate, apparently asking voters to send a text message with the number to receive updates on his campaign. But according to a later tweet from Biden staff was not even supposed to send the word "JOE", but "JOIN" to that now viral number.
"With so much happening in the campaign, we want to make sure it's up to date with the latest news. Send a text message JOIN 30330 right now to make sure you don't miss anything!" Biden's Twitter account was published shortly after the flub, clarifying how exactly people could help support the campaign .
Asking voters to send text messages with these short codes to receive campaign updates has become common in recent years. The National Democratic Committee uses them. Andrew Yang uses them. Apparently, Biden hasn't done it.
After the error, Twitter lit up with people asking who would buy the domain joe30330.com. Some users reported that Pete Buttigieg staff took the opportunity, redirecting the URL to their campaign site, but no one at The Verge was able to replicate that. As of the publication, what appears to be a joke campaign for the "first Gen Z’er to declare a candidate" is to redirect the URL to the website of its candidate, Josh for America. If you browse to donate to Josh, whoever it is, the website asks you to help fund the Buttigieg campaign. They greet you with a message that says:
Hello! If Joe Biden sent him here, we just want to clarify something: we are not affiliated with any presidential campaign. We're just having fun (maybe a little at the expense of Joe) 🙂
Even if the candidates try to launch their websites and short codes during the discussions, I think we're all better just by looking at Google people.