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(Daily Mail)   Don't you hate it when you're a humble university professor who shares the same name as a department store launching a major holiday ad campaign and suddenly all these strangers are trying to contact you on Twitter? Yeah, me too   (dailymail.co.uk) divider line 46
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2013-11-11 08:57:53 AM
Soooo, why doesn't the store doesn't provide their twitter name on the ad?
 
2013-11-11 08:58:36 AM
Sell that twitter acct, prof
 
2013-11-11 08:59:12 AM
I don't know too many 'humble university professors,' but I imagine they're out there.
 
2013-11-11 08:59:31 AM
imgs.xkcd.com

a propos
 
2013-11-11 09:04:48 AM
I moved into my apartment about a year ago and I keep getting phone calls for a mobile home repair business.
 
2013-11-11 09:07:50 AM
My friend Asi Anporn had a similar problem. Well, not too similar.
 
2013-11-11 09:09:23 AM
Wonder if Rep. John Lewis of Georgia is also getting lots of tweets.
 
2013-11-11 09:11:54 AM

theotherles: I moved into my apartment about a year ago and I keep getting phone calls for a mobile home repair business.


an o2 tank/medical delivery service kept calling me for a couple of years after i got this phone number.  finally i emailed the company and told them, look, she no longer has this number, and if she hasn't gotten her oxygen by this time, i'm guessing she no longer NEEDS oxygen.  They did stop calling.
 
2013-11-11 09:16:43 AM
Keane + Lily Allen = shut up and take my money
 
2013-11-11 09:21:58 AM
Article written by Neil Sears.
 
2013-11-11 09:27:49 AM
John Charles Penney had a rough childhood. Not as bad as Kyle Mart had it, though.
 
2013-11-11 09:28:45 AM
Long, long ago, a Milwaukee radio station announced its presence with a $10,000.00 giveaway to the lucky 1,000th caller to their contest line, 964-STAR.

My phone number at the time? 964-TSAR. Good times...


/Ring Ring
//HiHowYaDoinTodayGUESSWHAT???!?
///No. Wrong number.
 
2013-11-11 09:38:27 AM
The new John Lewis Christmas advert tells the touching tale of a hare and a bear

So now we celebrate inappropriate contact between animals?



i.imgur.com
 
2013-11-11 09:40:48 AM

phaseolus: Long, long ago, a Milwaukee radio station announced its presence with a $10,000.00 giveaway to the lucky 1,000th caller to their contest line, 964-STAR.

My phone number at the time? 964-TSAR. Good times...


/Ring Ring
//HiHowYaDoinTodayGUESSWHAT???!?
///No. Wrong number.


You could had fun with that one.
Yes - you are the winner. Please stop by the station and claim your prize.
Many lawsuits later...
 
2013-11-11 09:48:28 AM
Guess which John Lewis was contacted by the public to say they loved the £7million seasonal commercial?

People DO this? Don't they have lives?
 
2013-11-11 09:50:33 AM

cryinoutloud: Guess which John Lewis was contacted by the public to say they loved the £7million seasonal commercial?

People DO this? Don't they have lives?


Apparently you don't read YouTube comments or visit Facebook.
 
2013-11-11 09:51:06 AM
Yet another reason Twitter is stupid. If you want to have a conversation with someone, you can text them. If you want to talk to a group of people you know, you can Facebook it. In neither case is the ENTIRE WORLD able to eavesdrop on your conversation, and join in without an invite.

I mean, I have a Twitter account, for when I'm eating alone and have run out of Facebook posts to browse, but I just can't see ever posting on it.
 
2013-11-11 09:56:56 AM

cryinoutloud: Guess which John Lewis was contacted by the public to say they loved the £7million seasonal commercial?

People DO this? Don't they have lives?


This puzzles me as well.  Who would?

Yes, I have Facebook.  Private, (such as it is...I know)...and all my friends on facebook, all...43 of them I think, are actual people/family that I see in person and talk to regularly on an old fashioned cellphone connection.  There is nothing on my facebook that my parents or boss or anyone else would be offended at.  Facebook is not my personal online diary.

Twitter I'm sure serves some purpose.  It just doesn't serve one for me.
 
2013-11-11 10:00:05 AM
I used to get calls intended for a local upscale restaurant .

I took reservations. :)
 
2013-11-11 10:01:33 AM
mbillips:I mean, I have a Twitter account, for when I'm eating alone and have run out of Facebook posts to browse, but I just can't see ever posting on it.

Do you often see that red and white crashed plane?
 
2013-11-11 10:10:40 AM
I got confused cause the author of the article's last name is Sears and I've never heard of this John Lewis store before
 
2013-11-11 10:19:54 AM
I share a name with a national furniture chain, so I'm really getting a kick out of these replies.

/Ikea Roomstogo
 
2013-11-11 10:28:37 AM
rollingout.com

Not amused.

/ever, really
//not that I blame him
 
2013-11-11 10:29:58 AM
i.dailymail.co.uk

Andy Richter is really getting old and fat.
 
2013-11-11 10:33:19 AM
Sell the handle to the store. You don't have to deal with people on twitter and you get a few hundred thousand, it's a win win.
/they obviously have the cash with a 7mill pound ad campaign.
 
2013-11-11 10:34:22 AM
WTF is the point of twitter?
 
2013-11-11 10:34:41 AM
doen't any of these people look at the twitter account they are messaging?  if the picture on the twitter page is a dumpy looking guy and it says "i'm a college professor in america", are people so completely clueless they go "this must be the store's twitter page!  i think i'll tell them how much i love their new commercial!"?  if you do a search for "john lewis" the store is the first result!  how can anybody miss it?
 
2013-11-11 10:35:28 AM

enderthexenocide: doen't any of these people look at the twitter account they are messaging?  if the picture on the twitter page is a dumpy looking guy and it says "i'm a college professor in america", are people so completely clueless they go "this must be the store's twitter page!  i think i'll tell them how much i love their new commercial!"?  if you do a search for "john lewis" the store is the first result!  how can anybody miss it?


They are phone-only people.
They are stupid.
 
2013-11-11 10:37:43 AM

bdub77: [i.dailymail.co.uk image 306x423]
Andy Richter is really getting old and fat.


He's looking better since he had that liposuction around his neck and face, though.

imageshack.com
 
2013-11-11 10:52:19 AM

FuturePastNow: John Charles Penney had a rough childhood. Not as bad as Kyle Mart had it, though.


Actually that's S. S. Kresge
 
2013-11-11 10:56:27 AM

EngineerBob: I used to get calls intended for a local upscale restaurant .

I took reservations. :)


When I first got my phone I was getting calls and text for people wanting to buy crack at 3 am.

/guy that lives next door was with the DEA he took care of it for me.
 
2013-11-11 11:04:02 AM

bdub77: Andy Richter is really getting old and fat.


Hahahha
 
2013-11-11 11:38:59 AM
Never before have coed's been so excited to have the Professor take 50% off!
 
2013-11-11 11:48:26 AM
I was expecting this to be about Marshall Fields. Huh
 
2013-11-11 11:51:21 AM

WelldeadLink: mbillips:I mean, I have a Twitter account, for when I'm eating alone and have run out of Facebook posts to browse, but I just can't see ever posting on it.

Do you often see that red and white crashed plane?


Wat?
 
2013-11-11 11:57:07 AM
Growing up our phone number was one digit off of the local movie theater.

/was never organized enough to give out fake movie time information
//le sigh...
 
2013-11-11 12:01:43 PM
The US academic uses the Twitter identity John Lewis@John Lewis - for which he bought the rights before the store chain - ensuring that he bore the brunt of the messages from customers.

Clearly the author of this story uses Twitter every day and did deep research into how one acquires a Twitter account.
 
2013-11-11 12:09:41 PM

wambu: The new John Lewis Christmas advert tells the touching tale of a hare and a bear


Does shait stick to your fur?
 
2013-11-11 12:26:07 PM
There was a guy in Michigan many years ago who worked for Sherwin Williams Paint.
He got a bank account opened in the name of Sherwin T. Williams.
I don't remember his real name, but it wasn't Sherwin or Williams.
Anytime someone paid with a check, it went into his account.
He got caught, several hundred thousands of dollars later, and went to prison.
 
2013-11-11 12:36:32 PM
He looks how I would expect a CS professor to look.
 
2013-11-11 12:42:07 PM
I liked the fact that the author's name is "Niel Sears".
 
2013-11-11 02:19:40 PM

FrancoFile: [imgs.xkcd.com image 265x518]

a propos


There's a guy in South Africa who may the gmail account Nam­e­Sur­n­am­e[nospam-﹫-backwards]li­amg­*c­om, while I have Name.Su­rname[nospam-﹫-backwards]liamg­*com.  I occasionally recieve e-mails for him.  Annoyingly it seems he has a much more exciting life than me :-(.

/worst story ever
 
2013-11-11 02:38:50 PM

Pinko_Commie: FrancoFile: [imgs.xkcd.com image 265x518]

a propos

There's a guy in South Africa who may the gmail account NameSurname[[nospam-﹫-backwards] image 7x13]liamg[* image 7x13]com, while I have Name.Surname[[nospam-﹫-backwards] image 7x13]liamg[* image 7x13]com.  I occasionally recieve e-mails for him.  Annoyingly it seems he has a much more exciting life than me :-(.

/worst story ever


Gmail parses out whitespace characters - those are the same email address.
 
2013-11-11 02:51:16 PM
once, many years ago I went to call my brother who lived at the time in the same area code, but instead I used the first 3 digits of my phone and his last 4.. and got a dominatrix and hung up confused at first

when I called back a couple months later to actually inquire.. the number was disconnected

SIGH..
 
2013-11-11 06:10:34 PM

mikebdoss: Pinko_Commie: FrancoFile: [imgs.xkcd.com image 265x518]

a propos

There's a guy in South Africa who may the gmail account NameSurname[[nospam-﹫-backwards] image 7x13]liamg[* image 7x13]com, while I have Name.Surname[[nospam-﹫-backwards] image 7x13]liamg[* image 7x13]com.  I occasionally recieve e-mails for him.  Annoyingly it seems he has a much more exciting life than me :-(.

/worst story ever

Gmail parses out whitespace characters - those are the same email address.


No they're not. Mine has a period between the name and the surname, Mr exciting life doesn't have this seperator.

/last one was the itinerary for a stag party.
//white water rafting, some hunting, a booze fueled braai, followed by a strip joint.
///bastard
 
2013-11-11 06:30:14 PM
Pinko_Commie:
No they're not. Mine has a period between the name and the surname, Mr exciting life doesn't have this seperator.

From  http://www.techrepublic.com/blog/google-in-the-enterprise/quick-tip-d o ts-are-meaningless-in-your-gmail-address/ :

In fact, the dots in your Gmail address are meaningless and are completely ignored. The same goes for capitalization. To put it in perspective, every one of the following emails will end up in the same Gmail account's inbox:
albert*e­i­n­s­t­ei­n­[nospam-﹫-backwards]l­i­a­mg*c­om
al­berteinstein[nospam-﹫-backwards]l­iam­g*com
A­l*Ber­t*Ein*S­tei­n[nospam-﹫-backwards]l­iamg*c­o­m
The dots and capitalization can help make the Gmail address easier to read for humans, but the Google Gmail servers don't even notice them.
 
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