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“I am not a freaking cricket match”, says Twitter girl

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So it has now become a global level news story that how a woman from United States got terribly furious after her twitter account was misunderstood as the Twitter account of a cricket series. 

Her Twitter handle is @theashes and unfortunately for her, The Ashes is cricket’s greatest bilateral series – wherein England and Australia compete every twice year and the first game of the 2010-11 edition just ended today.

It was sometime day-before when cricket fans started tweeting with @theashes mentions, inquiring about the match score. Soon she tweeted the following to a touch too many users.

I am not a cricket match. Stop mentioning me and check profiles before you send messages. Its really annoying.

And when it didn’t stop, she wrote…

I AM NOT A FREAKING CRICKET MATCH!!! That means you @matywilson @zandertrego @thesummats @ atonyboffey @faz1988 and MORE

Ha ha ha! Awesome, eh?

On the other hand, her number of followers saw a steep increase and some Twitter user started tweeting with hashtag #gettheashestotheashes.

Her followers crossed the 5K mark today but the biggest twist came in when Qantas offered her a free trip to Australia and not just that, Vodafone, a prime sponsor for the Ashes, offered her a free phone so that she could continue tweeting if she came to Australia.

Tweets by Qantas, Vodafone and @theashes

And not just that, other sponsors and even individuals started offering her car trips and what not just to get her to the Ashes.

Apparently though, she wanted her boyfriend to be included in the offer!

FYI, the naming of the cricket series “The Ashes” has a history. It dates back to 1882 when Australia for the first beat England in England. Considering that, a group published this in the Brit newspaper The Sporting Times.

After this, English media tagged the next series as “the quest to regain the Ashes”. Read more about Ashes on Wikipedia.

And hence came the name “The Ashes”.

It isn’t clear if the Twitter girl @theashes is going to Australia but I’m sure people after reading this would have started looking out for twitter handles of upcoming sporting events. I am already looking out, in fact.

I am like hours late for the post – but only because I was wondering – where should I post it? My cricket blog (yes, I have a cricket blog) or the tech blog?

Then I realized, most of the cricket fans are already aware about the news so why not share it with the tech readers. And so here I am.

Follow @theashes on Twitter, follow me on Twitter (@snickedcricket) and check out my cricket blog here.

She is also selling T-shirts, buy em here.


Written by rahulbhagchandani

November 29, 2010 at 6:29 pm

Posted in Twitter

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  1. ha ha funny..but y did the girl use the name theashes? her name?


    November 29, 2010 at 10:41 pm

    • No idea. In the name column of her profile she writes “Ashes” and that too she updated it like just today. But that’s the charm of Twitter you see; no personal information shared and still you are offered a free ticket to down under for a freaking Ashes test match. *Envious*


      November 29, 2010 at 10:48 pm

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