The hazards of the Twitter age became quite apparent for one senator today.

“U love torturing me w this shit” was tweeted on Senator Christopher Dodd’s Twitter account @SenChrisDodd. USA/

Then came the tweet ”From Dodd Staff – Apologies to Dodd’s followers, last tweet was not from Chris Dodd.”

The first tweet has vanished into twitterair with a little help from the delete button, but some followers who were on their toes took screenshots.

The Democratic chairman of the Senate Banking Committee who did not run for re-election will be leaving Congress after year-end.

But looks like that tweet gained him some followers. Dodd now has 12,780 compared with 12,690 when the tweet went out.