Spare a thought for US-based Twitter user Ashley Kerekes today, whose moniker – @theashes – means her timeline is once again set to be filled with people’s thoughts about the major sporting event.
Ashley is said to have chosen her Twitter identity thanks to a pet name from her boyfriend, with no relation at all to the legendary Aussie-England cricket grudge match. In 2010 she soon learned what that was however:
However, having gotten used to being confused, the Twitter user now finds her timeline is filled with people warning her that she’s about to be confused. It’s a vicious cycle.
I swear I get more tweets from people telling me I'm going to be mistaken for the cricket than I do actually being mistaken for the cricket!— Ashley Kerekes (@theashes) July 8, 2015
But @theashes is far from the only one to be involved in a social media mix-up. Here are more Twitter users who probably wish they’d opted for a different moniker…
Amid news that Top Gear host Jeremy Clarkson had been suspended from the motoring show after a “fracas” with a producer, Twitter user @JClarkson1980 – a Canadian unlikely to be seen anywhere near the BBC – suddenly found himself getting a lot of surprise attention.
Mentioned in a tweet linking to a story about the presenter, the Canadian-based Clarkson replied:
This quickly escalated to hundreds of jokes that she was the killer in EastEnders’ big Who Killed Lucy? plot. Even her own sister joined in.
Apparently my little sister is killin' people in the UK. I always knew she was the little devil. @BobbieBeale 😈— Amanda Hawks (@amandaraihawks) February 20, 2015
So a rather confused Bobbie, who had to Google what on earth was going on in the UK, posted a selfie to clear up any confusion.