Why did a lecturer from Manchester become the target of angry Rob Ford tweets?
Published Monday, November 4, 2013 11:20AM EST
Last Updated Monday, November 4, 2013 2:44PM EST
A political science lecturer in Manchester, England, who has the same name as embattled Toronto Mayor Rob Ford, has been receiving a steady stream of angry tweets from Canadians asking about the alleged crack video.
Rob Ford, who has no connection to the video controversy, said his Twitter feed has been swamped with questions intended for the Toronto mayor.
"An awful lot about pipes and what's in them and videos of people using pipes, and so on," the Manchester Ford told CTV Toronto on Monday.
Really hope this other Rob Ford goes away soon. Tired of annoyed Canadians accosting me on twitter with Q's about crack pipes.— Rob Ford (England) (@robfordmancs) November 3, 2013
@juicytings I think you may have the wrong rob ford. What's happening now for me is a quiet night in - in Manchester England— Rob Ford (England) (@robfordmancs) November 3, 2013
The Manchester professor’s Twitter handle became so popular, it was trending over the weekend.
OK, so that's weird - seems I'm trending in Toronto for not being their mayor.— Rob Ford (England) (@robfordmancs) November 4, 2013
The University of Manchester lecturer -- whose Twitter handle is @robfordmancs – told CP24 on Monday that that the social media gaffe has happened in the past and that his Twitter feed lights up every so often whenever the Toronto mayor is caught up in another controversy.
It seems the other Rob Ford in Toronto is in trouble again. Torontans: I am not him. I am much more boring.— Rob Ford (England) (@robfordmancs) October 31, 2013
The Manchester Ford told CP24 that since Toronto police confirmed last week that they have recovered a video that is "consistent with what has been described in the press," the number of angry tweets posted on his feed has gone up.
But despite the deluge of tweets from outraged Canadians, the Manchester Ford is handling the mix-up in stride.
While he says the comparison is “not very flattering” for him, he adds: "I've got a cult Canadian following."
He says once he tells Twitter users that he's not the Toronto Rob Ford, they're usually very apologetic.
@robfordmancs Based on your profile, you sound the complete polar opposite of our Mayor! Sorry you were accosted.— MarjorieeeeeEEE Chan (@magicalmudge) November 4, 2013
Ford, who has never been to Toronto, had some advice for his Toronto Twitter doppelganger: "I think maybe the best thing he can do is step down because there doesn't seem to be much value in carrying on."
This is not the first time a Twitter user has been mistakenly identified for someone else. Last month, Glenn Rogers, a Brooklyn resident whose Twitter handle is @rogers, received a barrage of angry insults from Rogers Wireless customers after a Canada-wide service outage.
With files from CTV Toronto's John Musselman