Dear Intern: We’ve all been there.
HBO Max subscribers received a baffling email on Thursday night with the subject line “Integration Test Email # 1,” and a body that read, “This template is used by integration tests only.” Some thought it was spam. Some thought it was a scam. And some mused that perhaps an intern or entry-level employee had messed up.
Turns out, an intern did accidentally send the empty test email to a portion of HBO Max’s mailing list, the streaming service confirmed on Twitter on Friday.
“We apologize for the inconvenience, and as the jokes pile in, yes, it was the intern,” the statement read. “No, really. And we’re helping them through it.” It closed with a heart emoji.
And the disclosure did something amazing: It actually brought out Twitter’s softer side.
The term “Dear Intern” began trending with 4,500 tweets and counting on Friday afternoon as…