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TwitterQuest Concludes

So long and thanks for all the phish

It had been going quite well recently. I’d incorporated TwitterQuest into the stand-up show I’ve been previewing for the Edinburgh Festival, which had generated quite a few new followers. After just seven months (not eight, as I mistakenly told the world just now… read on; I’ll explain), I had peaked at 2,287 Silent Witnesses. I was looking forward to seeing how many more I might accrue during the festival next month.

After a happy spot at a gig last night, compere Lewis Bryan (@lewisbryan) had kindly, and unasked, told the audience they really ought to find me on Twitter and follow me. They’d see why when they found my profile, he said. When I turned on my computer an hour or so ago, I was thrilled to see a couple of them actually had.

I went to the site and… HORROR!!! I saw this:

David_JosephDavid

@@richardrycroft WHAAAAAAAAATTT??? You only tweeted! The world will surely end today!!!!!!!

I looked at the top of the page and saw the words:

YOUR TWEETS: 1

What?! How could this be? Could I have sent a tweet without realising? Was this the onset of dementia? Perhaps I sleep-tweeted?

No, the answer is simpler and more 21st Century than that. My account has been hacked. Someone today has sent this, in my name, to over 2,000 people:

richardrycroftRichard Rycroft

A Real Diet, that Really Works! http://

Yes, I’ve deleted the address. I’m not giving them another chance to profit from me.

My apologies, of course, to everyone who received it. I suppose there’s an irony that the spam should have been advertising a diet. One person, a couple of months ago, did try to get me to tweet by sending a series of incredibly rude messages about what a “fat, ugly c***” I am, so maybe he’ll see this as a victory.

But I’m rather sad that it should have ended this way. I’ve been publicly quiet, but privately, I’ve enjoyed exchanging messages with a few of the people who signed up to this nonsense and seemed to enjoy the ridiculousness of it as much as I have. One person has regularly checked in to ask how it’s going, and to encourage me to continue doing nothing! Others, such as the brilliant comedian, James Acaster (@JamesAcaster) would occasionally taunt me with:

JamesAcasterJames Acaster

@richardrycroft tweet me back

and

JamesAcasterJames Acaster

@richardrycroft RYCROFT!!! COME ON!!!!

Ah… happy days…

Well, the silence has been broken, so TwitterQuest must end. It took me a few minutes to even work out how to do this, but about 20 minutes after the “spam diet” tweet, I finally sent my first actual one:

richardrycroftRichard Rycroft

Dammit. Not only have I been hacked, I’ve had to find out how to send a tweet. Game’s over. Thanks to everyone for joining in. It was fun x

Even by then, my followers had dropped by about 30, and I absolutely agree with their actions. More have left since then, and I suspect I may now be watching the numbers fall with the same fascination which grabbed me while watching them rise.

I’ve received a wonderful series of messages from other people today, which prompted my next tweet, a two-parter because I haven’t mastered this 40 character thing yet; I’m very new to all this:

richardrycroftRichard Rycroft

Thanks for the suggestions of deleting it – didn’t know you could do that – but it wouldn’t be honest. I peaked at 2,287 after 8 months…

richardrycroftRichard Rycroft

… Many have left since the tweet. I’ll decide this week whether to delete the account
or actually use it for tweeting.

So, thank you for all the support; followers, RT-ers, ff-ers (see how I’ve picked up the lingo!) and others. Particularly those who took the trouble to sign up to Twitter just to follow me! It really was ridiculously enjoyable while it lasted. I can’t explain why, and that was part of its joy. If you want to stop following me now, I’ll completely understand. If you’d like to stay, you’d be more than welcome to do so. I can’t imagine I’ll be using Twitter very much anyway, so it’ll still be a semi-silence.

In the next few days, I’ll either set up a new account and tell everyone what that’s called, or I may just stick with this one and see what happens, so long as I don’t get hacked again, of course.

Just for fun, here’s my “Mentions” page from the time of the spam tweet until just before I posted this up:

Tweets mentioning @richardrycroft

»
Lex Peters
thejoyoflexLex Peters
@
@richardrycroft Damn those less obvious loop holes!
»
Sean Whiteley-Ross
Seans_GestaltSean Whiteley-Ross
Does this mean the diet doesn’t work?? RT @richardrycroft as it was a hacker, technically I still hadn’t tweeted. If only I hadn’t respnded!
»
caspar firth
casparfirthcaspar firth
@
@richardrycroft i was with you… Bad luck
»
James Acaster
JamesAcasterJames Acaster
@
@stuchopslaws @richardrycroft taunt him Laws! Taunt him!
»
Alastair Block
BisleyTAlastair Block
@
@richardrycroft i say keep the account. If you delete, some moron will reopen it and others will follow moron never knowing the difference.
»
Stuart Laws
stuchopslawsStuart Laws
@
@JamesAcaster Today is a great day in the battle with @richardrycroft
»
James Acaster
JamesAcasterJames Acaster
@
@richardrycroft @stuchopslaws you look defeated on your picture Rycroft, hahahaha, we won Laws! We won!
»
James Acaster
JamesAcasterJames Acaster
@
@richardrycroft @stuchopslaws YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS!
»
James Acaster
JamesAcasterJames Acaster
@
@stuchopslaws @richardrycroft OH YEAH! I FORGOT ABOUT THAT! ANSWER ME RYCROFT!
»
Nick Rowan
nickrowan27Nick Rowan
Hard not to point finger at Stephen Fry. RT @richardrycroft “Dammit. Not only have I been hacked, had to find out how to tweet. Game’s over”
»
Karen Bryan
tensqueegalKaren Bryan
@
@richardrycroft That’s not too shabby 🙂 A fun experiment :b
»
David Turners
davidturnersDavid Turners
@
@richardrycroft no bother. Tweet like the wind TWEET!
»
Mat Murray
matmurrayMat Murray
@
@richardrycroft What a calamity. Still, it’s happened now, so it’s now time to use what your momma gave you, and tweet, tweet, tweet!
»
Alex
wrd83Alex
@
@richardrycroft it still seems you have more fun while tweeting than during your vow of silence and you have quite an audience.
»
Stuart Laws
stuchopslawsStuart Laws
»
Dr. Boffo
@
@richardrycroft Why don’t you set up a new account, and Tweet from this one what you new account name is?
»
Andrew Denny
albiondumsdayAndrew Denny
@
@richardrycroft Too late, now we are hooked on your pronouncements!
»
James Scholey
JamesLUFCJames Scholey
@
@richardrycroft blame the news of the world.
»
Jeff Hudson
HefSanJeff Hudson
@
@richardrycroft Who’s to say it’s not the hacker still tweeting now #worthatry
»
joanna
@
@richardrycroft what if the spam diet really works could be stellar
»
Finch E Poos
finchypoosFinch E Poos
@
@richardrycroft  Dont leave Rich!  Tweet from this account & make another to set a record from (again) X
»
James Hunt
jameshunt182James Hunt
Can’t believe @richardrycroft has tweeted. Damn whoever did this.
»
Mark Alman
Kilkenny203Mark Alman
@
@richardrycroft thanks for the wry amusement of your attempt anyway
»
Jim
Big_BaffyJim

@
@richardrycroft The Dark Side awaits you sir. You know you want to.
»
debbie wood
thatdamndeborahdebbie wood

@
@richardrycroft Oh don’t delete it. Tweet and be damned! (Along with the rest of us) 😉
»
Jim
Big_BaffyJim

@
@richardrycroft I shall frame this solitary tweet as I reminder of the special times we had.
»
Tom Spilsbury
TomSpilsburyTom Spilsbury

@
@richardrycroft Congratulations anyway Richard. Definitely fun. 🙂
»
Sean Brightman
comedyrogueshowSean Brightman

@
@richardrycroft noooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo! You tweeted! Shock. Complete shock. World. Upside. Down.
»
Lex Peters
thejoyoflexLex Peters

@
@richardrycroft How frustrating! How about starting again with a purpose driven account and use this one to tweet and promote it?
»
David Turners
davidturnersDavid Turners

@
@richardrycroft Use it to tweet Richard!
»
Jane D
Auntie_Jane1Jane D

@
@richardrycroft I can’t believe you’ve had to tweet after all this time. 😦 I’ve loved following you, you’ve never clogged up my timeline.
»
Kell Mercer
KCorriganMKell Mercer

@
@richardrycroft delete them and start the game again!
»
Alex
wrd83Alex

@
@richardrycroft you could still delete that tweet and pretend it never happend? 🙂
»
debbie wood
thatdamndeborahdebbie wood

@
@richardrycroft NO! Surely you don’t have to end it after all this time because of one idiot?
»
David
David_JosephDavid

@
@richardrycroft Or maybe it’s just time to call it a day?  Shame it never went into the millions, though!
»
David
David_JosephDavid

@
@richardrycroft You can delete tweets, do it quickly!!!
»
karl wood
karljustkarlkarl wood

@
@richardrycroft Does this mean you will now be tweeting?
»
chris moltisanti
rastakolnikovchris moltisanti

@
@richardrycroft I’ll pretend it never happened if you do
»
DougRouxel
DougRouxelDougRouxel
@richardrycroft Who was try to amass followers without tweeting has been hacked and sent a tweet by spammers.
»
Bobby Carroll
bobby_carrollBobby Carroll
@richardrycroft has been hacked! I know this as he has tweeted! A scandal!
»
Harpindon Groomsmill
And_TheRestHarpindon Groomsmill
RT @David_Joseph @richardrycroft WHAAAAAAAAATTT???  You only tweeted! The world will surely end today!!!!!!!: @rhttp://bit.ly/qgs9jP
»
Aaron McCarthy
AaronnoraAAaron McCarthy
FAIL!! RT @richardrycroft A Real Diet, that Really Works! http://news3channels.com
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Sudl
@richardrycroft uh-oh, silence broken by spammer 😦
»
Isla Kennedy
IzzyKennedyIsla Kennedy
Sorry, I RTed that because the guy wasn’t supposed to tweet ever and suddenly there’s one from @richardrycroft
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David
David_JosephDavid

@
@richardrycroft Or have you been hacked?  I bet you’ve been only hacked mate…
»
stonedrepro
stonedreprostonedrepro
he’d better have had his account hacked  >>  RT @richardrycroft: A Real Diet, that Really Works! http://news3channels.com
»
baltipieofdoom
baltipieofdoombaltipieofdoom

@
@richardrycroft You tweeted. Its spam but you tweeted. Bastards.
»
Terry Lander
LyvitTerry Lander
Looks like @richardrycroft‘s account has been hacked, considering he has tweeted. Follow him anyway.
»
veronica craft
v_craftveronica craft

@
@richardrycroft what about the entire silence thingy?
»
David
David_JosephDavid

@
@richardrycroft WHAAAAAAAAATTT???  You only tweeted! The world will surely end today!!!!!!!

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2 thoughts on “TwitterQuest Concludes

  1. Deborah Wood on said:

    Can’t tell you how disappointing it is that all this fun & nonsense is over. It was such a pleasant change to be following someone who didn’t fill my timeline with trivia about what they were having for dinner etc. The silence was spectacular! (except for the DMs, of course, which I’ll miss). Thank you for your peaceful presence x

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