Winston Peters makes hilarious Twitter faux pas

Winston Peters has become the laughing stock of the internet after appearing to unitentionally reveal his Twitter-search habits - and now Ed Balls, a English politician who famously made the same faux pas - has joined in, appearing to enjoy Mr Peters' slip up.

On Saturday morning he took to social media site Twitter and apparently tried to search for his own name.

Twitter's interface has two main boxes to type in: a 'search' box and a 'compose tweet' box. Mr Peters evidently got the two confused.

Winston Peters tweet

"Tweets on Winston Peters NZ politician," he tweeted at 9:46am. Nearly two hours later, it hadn't been deleted.

The post soon received many replies simply saying "Ed Balls", referring to UK Labour politician Edward Michael Balls, who infamously made the same mistake as Mr Peters in April 2011, when he tweeted his own name: "Ed Balls".

Ed Balls

The tweet was liked and retweeted by thousands of people, and to this day, has not been deleted. Years later, every April 28, the "Ed Balls" post is retweeted by followers.

In 2015, when invited to send an item for a fundraiser auction, Mr Balls sent a signed, framed print of the tweet.

Now, in an incredible moment that will surely go down in cult history, Mr Balls simply tweeted the words "Winston Peters" with a link to Mr Peters' tweet.

New Zealand First's website says the party supports and embraces new technology and understands the importance of ICT.

"It provides opportunities as well as threats and risk to New Zealand and New Zealanders when mismanaged."

When it came to the popularity of our politicians in the leadup to Budget Day, New Zealand First leader Winston Peters took out the top spot, followed by Bill English, then Labour leader Andrew Little, National's deputy leader Paula Bennett and Act Party leader David Seymour. 

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