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Re: #twitrelief
« Reply #30 on: March 12, 2011, 07:24:38 PM »
I've even more surprised by the first suggestion if you type her name into Google.



I mean, I like her and everything, but I'm genuinely taken aback that enough people care that it's the top thing on Google.

To me she will always that woman on TMWRNJ. I'm being unfair, as she likes to point out. She writes a lot of books. And fights with Robert Webb.

I'm intrigued Emma Freud is offering a part on her partner's next film but her partner is only offering to join twitter.


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Re: #twitrelief
« Reply #31 on: March 12, 2011, 08:10:36 PM »
The Richard Curtis one is weird. He's not on Twitter, so he'll join just to follow you.

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The ‘Super-Follow’ means that Richard will do ALL of these things...
1.    Follow you on Twitter for 90 days
2.    Retweet one of your tweets
3.    Send out a tweet including your Twitter @username

And as if that weren’t enough,


4.    This is SUPER special. The Boss HIMSELF is offering to join twitter and follow only one person. That’s YOU. Yes. YOU.  No one else.  JUST you.  For 3 months.  After that, he might follow his girlfriend too…

Which means he won't actually do anything, as he doesn't give a fuck about Twitter. Odd.

Re: #twitrelief
« Reply #32 on: March 15, 2011, 03:38:11 PM »
Linehan has done a blogpost about twitrelief, in which he correctly nails some minor objections, but completely fails to get the main reason people objected the initial thrust of the project. And acts like a prissy twit (hey!) as ever.

It's interesting though that the whole "celebrity will follow you!" bit of twitrelief has been buried since the initial outage and all attention is very much focused on the "extras". Had they done it that way in the first place, with the following element being the bonus bit, there'd have been about 10% of the complaints. E-mails have been sent to agents, I imagine. But that was very much the way it was started, based on a couple of Twitter posts I don't think a number of celebs realised they weren't meant to offer extras.

Re: #twitrelief
« Reply #33 on: March 15, 2011, 03:56:10 PM »
Why is there a 90 day limit. Would they not have agreed to it otherwise? I'm looking forward to the time, 3 months later, when all the celebs simultaneously realise "Finally, I can drop this nobody." *unfollow**block* *report as spam*

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Re: #twitrelief
« Reply #34 on: March 15, 2011, 04:17:33 PM »
I'm pretty sure a few of the celebrities still are only offering a twitter follow.

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Re: #twitrelief
« Reply #35 on: March 15, 2011, 04:44:48 PM »
Linehan has done a blogpost about twitrelief, in which he correctly nails some minor objections, but completely fails to get the main reason people objected the initial thrust of the project. And acts like a prissy twit (hey!) as ever.

It's interesting though that the whole "celebrity will follow you!" bit of twitrelief has been buried since the initial outage and all attention is very much focused on the "extras". Had they done it that way in the first place, with the following element being the bonus bit, there'd have been about 10% of the complaints. E-mails have been sent to agents, I imagine. But that was very much the way it was started, based on a couple of Twitter posts I don't think a number of celebs realised they weren't meant to offer extras.

Aye, Linehan's blogpost is great except it ignores all the vaguely coherent objections and pretends the argument was about "well, celebs can afford it, why don't they just donate?", which is obviously stupid. He fails to really mention that the whole thing was really poorly-promoted which is why people got angry before they knew about the extra shit. And he fails to even mention one of the bigger objections, which is that auctions like this by their very nature end up only being for the well-off. The prices are already way out of the range of regular shmucks, heck there's even been talk among the celebs I follow about celebs bidding for each other.

The ego-stroking accusations seem to carry some weight too, when you see various celeb participants trying to beat each others totals and only semi-jokingly complaining when they find out mainstream celebs are 'cheating' by offering designer bags and shit.

It's interesting though that the whole "celebrity will follow you!" bit of twitrelief has been buried since the initial outage and all attention is very much focused on the "extras". Had they done it that way in the first place, with the following element being the bonus bit, there'd have been about 10% of the complaints. E-mails have been sent to agents, I imagine. But that was very much the way it was started, based on a couple of Twitter posts I don't think a number of celebs realised they weren't meant to offer extras.

From what I could gather, they were looking for a way to involve Twitter in the Comic Relief process, and ended up borrowing the idea from the US last year. That's where the central focus on the 90-day follow bollocks ended up coming from.

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Re: #twitrelief
« Reply #36 on: March 15, 2011, 05:01:01 PM »
I agree with all of you hence the lack of quoting. Offering a day on set or something that would be hard to get unless you had connections (like Russell Tovey's pants) are acceptable auction items but a follow? For 90 days?

The prices these items are going for are a lot of money for some people; it definitely says "If you aren't rich you aren't worthy of these items and our attention" I know its for charity but it undermines those struggling to find the spare £5 to donate. This can't be the first Comic Relief during tough economic times but it feels like a celebrity only event now instead of something that can engage everyone and get them to think about the charity.

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Re: #twitrelief
« Reply #37 on: March 15, 2011, 05:03:57 PM »
Well the amounts being bid are still dwarfed by the totals they get for the Children In Need auctions every year – six figure sums for getting Jamie Oliver to make you a sandwich and the like. It always blows my mind that anyone can have that kind of disposable cash lying around, even for charity. There must be some kind of super-rich elite out there who just live for celebrity contact of any kind.

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Re: #twitrelief
« Reply #38 on: March 15, 2011, 05:16:55 PM »
Enormous disappointment that the @richboden who said to Linehan that he didn't give a shit what it was for isn't Richard Boden who produces and directs the cameras on the IT Crowd.

Sterling work from Goldentony who tweeted that he'd give £8 to Comic Relief if Linehan hit himself in the balls with a hammer (£9 if he did it to Jack Dee), and Squidy who said that for a certain level of donation he'd unblock Linehan and contribute the joke to the next series of The IT Crowd. I said I'd chip in a fiver if Linehan learned not to react like a big baby when faced with mild criticism. In return, Linehan replied "Bwaaaah! Blocked!", which doesn't really matter a shit as I wasn't following him to begin with. I actually quite like The IT Crowd, but think that Linehan's doing himself far more harm than good with his inept use of social media. As I said to people who asked me what the hell had occurred (LMC's response was priceless, something like "A very ironic thing has just happened"), it's better to disarm critics than to arm them.

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Re: #twitrelief
« Reply #39 on: March 15, 2011, 09:25:53 PM »
An irony compounded by the fact [spoiler]LMC[/spoiler] has blocked [spoiler]at least one Verbwhore[/spoiler] for [spoiler]calling him out for joke-theft[/spoiler].

EDIT: and obviously [spoiler]don't even think about reading these spoilers[/spoiler].
« Last Edit: March 15, 2011, 09:53:17 PM by LeboviciAB84 »

Re: #twitrelief
« Reply #40 on: March 16, 2011, 04:18:55 AM »
Surely it makes you feel less close to a celebrity if you're being expected to pay for the privilege of having them pretend to read your tweets for 90 days.

It's still all about getting their attention, though, which is what most people desire, but I think it's something worth recognising, and resisting for the most part.



Linehan left out Miranda Hart's last twitter, and then said:

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And true to her word, she hasn't updated since. A very nice person driven from Twitter by people who got offended about a charity event. Lovely.

When her last twitter was actually a bit more ambiguous, really.  I mean, it still seems twitrelief was the crux of it, but I think he's left this out and misrepresented her for the sake of his own narrative:

Quote from: Miranda Hart
Oh,hate of twitter nothing to do with people saying the odd nasty to me - don't give two hoots about that.140 characters to short to explain

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Re: #twitrelief
« Reply #41 on: March 16, 2011, 01:47:18 PM »
IF YOU DON'T WANT PEOPLE TO SAY UNPLEASANT THINGS TO YOU STOP GIVING THEM SO MANY FUCKING OPPORTUNITIES TO DO SO

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Re: #twitrelief
« Reply #42 on: March 16, 2011, 02:23:32 PM »
I get the impression Chris Addison would just prefer it if it was just him and his sycophantic comedy mates.

That's very much the impression I get from him on Twitter.

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Re: #twitrelief
« Reply #43 on: March 16, 2011, 02:55:53 PM »
I'm pretty sure a few of the celebrities still are only offering a twitter follow.

I've noticed that. It seems to be mostly singers / bands that are doing the superfollow only for some reason too. And John Prescott.

Edit: I've just noticed Rufus Hound's 'extra':

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4.    We can't believe we're actually writing this. But Rufus is going to come to YOUR town, go with you to a Tattoo parlour and get YOUR FULL NAME, OR YOUR COMPANY NAME AND LOGO tattooed onto his leg. We are not joking. Which leg, you ask!? That's the even more exciting bit... YOU get to choose which calf your name goes on.  Left, right, your decision!  You BRANDED on the Hound. FOREVER.  EXTRAORDINARY.*

*Rufus reserves the right to select an alternative tattoo parlour if he is not comfortable with the winning bidder’s choice. He also reserves the right to refuse to be associated with any particular company or to refuse any tattoo that is offensive, obscene or objectionable


The last clause has stopped me from bidding on it.

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Re: #twitrelief
« Reply #44 on: March 16, 2011, 04:59:02 PM »
He's kerrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrazy. And no better than that woman who had a casino's name tattooed on her forehead. Twat.

It seems the casino woman's taken to wearing headbands. Funny that.



Re: #twitrelief
« Reply #45 on: March 16, 2011, 05:11:32 PM »
Ah, Rufus Hound. Confirming once and for all that this is all for charity and nothing to do with publicity.

Re: #twitrelief
« Reply #46 on: March 17, 2011, 02:59:22 AM »
Fuck me...

http://cgi.ebay.com/KONNIE-HUQ-TWITRELIEF-SUPERFOLLOW-PLUS-/250785945688?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_3&hash=item3a6401d858#ht_1233wt_1141

My favourite bit:

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4.    Konnie is joining Twitter simply for YOUR pleasure AND she's throwing in a money can't buy collection of Blue Peter badges through the ages including the original design, the current one and a limited edition one!  But there's more! Konnie is going to record a video message congratulating you for being the winning bidder and telling you a bit more about all of the badges she's giving you! What a lovely girl.

"badges she's giving you!"? Well, first of all, she's not giving them, is she? No, the winning bidder is buying them, y'know, with money. And also, the badges are not actually hers to give in the first place. Presumably, they belong to the BBC or something.

"What a lovely girl" my bumhole!

Re: #twitrelief
« Reply #47 on: March 17, 2011, 03:22:50 AM »
And as for...

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Konnie is joining Twitter simply for YOUR pleasure

...OUR pleasure? Would that be the 'pleasure' of reading the cretinous, vacuous witterings of a halfwit telly brat?

Seriously, who do these puffed-up cunts think they are!

Re: #twitrelief
« Reply #48 on: March 17, 2011, 11:29:18 AM »
Linehan has done a blogpost about twitrelief, in which he correctly nails some minor objections, but completely fails to get the main reason people objected the initial thrust of the project. And acts like a prissy twit (hey!) as ever.

Ha, that's a bit weird, I know Danny Garnell in real life!

I just messaged him to see if he knew about the blog and he said he didn't - because he'd already unfollowed Linehan as "he seemed quite irate".

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Hard to believe a guy in his position is so insecure.

I didn't realise this would cause him to implode mentally.