Monday, 29 November 2010 11:31

Don't follow @Theashes on Twitter


Sometimes, what seems like a great handle in one context turns out to be very poor in another.  So it is with a lovely lady from Westfield, Massachusetts. UPDATED.

Having had the account for some time, this lovely lady who tweets about kids and holidays and everything else a typical mother might discuss on Twitter has suddenly found the attention of a huge number of cricket fans around the world.

By choosing the Twitter handle @TheAshes, she was clearly expecting to echo her surname and very little else.  But when an excess of cricket tragics all over the world start asking her for the score, she initially doesn't understand the attention and subsequently gets very sick of it.

On November 24th, we see her first communication on the matter: "this isn't the cricket twitter," and then on the 27th, "I am not a cricket match.  Stop mentioning me and check profiles before you send messages. It's really annoying."  The second message was sent to a number of people.  Later that day, the full dummy-spit: "I AM NOT A FREAKING CRICKET MATCH!!!"

In the past few hours, she seems to have lightened, "I have no idea that people were amused by the fact that I have the cricket name."

Still, it's probably a salutary lesson for us all, the names we choose may have a wider meaning that we expect.

So, if you want the score in the first test, don't ask @TheAshes, she doesn't know!

Update: Recent tweets from @TheAshes indicate she is not a mother, but a carer instead.  Apologies for the misunderstanding.



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David Heath has had a long and varied career in the IT industry having worked as a Pre-sales Network Engineer (remember Novell NetWare?), General Manager of IT&T for the TV Shopping Network, as a Technical manager in the Biometrics industry, and as a Technical Trainer and Instructional Designer in the industrial control sector. In all aspects, security has been a driving focus. Throughout his career, David has sought to inform and educate people and has done that through his writings and in more formal educational environments.



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