The Twittersphere exploded when the Romney campaign released the With Mitt iPhone app with the word America misspelled as Amercia. The real irony , however, is that the presidential candidate outsourced the iPhone app development to India. That’s right – the job was outsourced overseas.
While the “Amercia” gaffe kept us all entertained for minutes, if not hours, does the gaffe raise some important questions? Should a candidate for the office of President of the United States of America outsource a campaign job to an overseas developer, rather than sourcing the job in Amercia, er, America? Or, as a free market capitalist, should it matter to Romney where jobs are created? We’ll leave these important political questions to the pundits.
How did the team at YouTwitFace.com uncover this information? The Internet provides us with endless examples of non-native English speakers making all sorts of grammar, spelling and usage errors. Here are two examples:
So the YouTwitTeam reached the only obvious conclusion: the app development was outsourced to an overseas developer - one whose first language is not English. Well, there could be other, less sensational explanations. For example, the tired and rushed developer could have been from Indiana rather than India — two small letters make a world of difference .
We have attempted to contact the Romney campaign, but they have not responded. So until the Romney campaign comes out with an official statement to the contrary, we’re sticking with our conclusion that the app development was outsourced. And even if they do claim the developer was a US citizen, we won’t be satisfied until we see their long-form birth certificate.