Ignorance is bliss, as the saying goes … but perhaps not on Twitter.
A 21-year-old Englishwoman was the butt of jokes on the social networking site after she tweeted on Sunday: “Is Wimbledon always held in London?”
Georgia Ford’s question, during the Wimbledon Championships at the All England Club, was retweeted more than 7000 times, with many ridiculing her.
21 year old from Sunderland tweets something silly,it gets 5k retweets and counting.Bit of a lesson there about thinking before you tweet…— Neal Mann (@fieldproducer) July 8, 2012
“@Georgia_Ford: Is wimbledon always held in London?” Where do these people come from? What planet?— charlotte Marie (@CharMarie_22) July 8, 2012
“@Georgia_Ford: Is wimbledon always held in London?” My faith in humanity is depleting rapidly.— King George VII (@GeorgePenny16) July 8, 2012
You can always rely on mackems to amuse you with their total stupidity!!! Lol RT @Georgia_Ford Is wimbledon always held in London?— Blef (@blefuscu74) July 8, 2012
Not the sharpest tool in the toolbox I see!! RT “@Georgia_Ford: Is wimbledon always held in London?”— Beant (@Beant1) July 8, 2012
But the storm of criticism also reflected the dark side of the internet. The virtual mob continued to harangue Ms Ford despite her attempts to explain herself in further tweets and she eventually deleted her account.
Others hit back at the critics for their harsh remarks, saying it was a small matter that had been overblown.
@fieldproducer …and now she’s deleted her account. Another dark episode in Twitter’s mob history.— Martin Hewitt (@handlewithcare) July 8, 2012
Anyone who abused @Georgia_Ford for a simple mistake need to have a long hard look at themselves. Sort yourselves out for goodness sake.— Michael Graham (@Capt_Fishpaste) July 8, 2012
@fieldproducer Or maybe ppl should stop being dicks? Honest mistake, not everyone cares abt tennis. Doesn’t warrant this level of ridicule.— Milana Knezevic (@milanaknez) July 8, 2012
I feel bad @Georgia_Ford quit Twitter over her ‘Is Wimbledon always held in London?’ question. We all say daft things. Let’s get her back.— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) July 9, 2012
A fan club even sprang up in her defence with the hashtag #BringBackGeorgia, retweeting commenters who came out in support of her.
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