BOSTON (LALATE) – Ashley Kerekes in choosing @theashes as her Twitter account never thought it would bring her international notoriety. Ashley is a 22 year old from Massachusetts. She told news this weekend that, for as long as she can remember, her boyfriend referred to her as The Ashes. So when she joined Twitter, she adopted that as her account name.
On Thursday, Ashley Kerekes started her morning with her usual three hundred followers. But by Monday morning, she was already at 6100 followers. What happened?
Ashley Kerekes initially had no clue. That was until people started sending her messages about cricket overseas. “The Ashes” contest between Australia and England had begun. Tweets about the match were now being sent to Kerekes. She responded “this is not the account of the cricket match. Check profiles before you send mentions, it’s incredibly annoying and rude” and “this isn’t the cricket twitter”. “Fans” started asked Kerekes for the current score. Her response was “Sorry guys, I don’t know the cricket match score.”
With that, she followed it up with her now notable tweet “I am not a cricket match. Stop mentioning me and check profiles before you send messages. It’s really annoying.”
From there, the Brisbane Times newspaper ran an news article on her, BBC ran news coverage of the Twit-confusion. But still, fans wanted Kerekes to take a position on a sporting match in a country she had never visited. “I’m not sure who I support, England or Australia. However, I’ve been to England. I’ve never been to Australia.” Because of that tweet, Kerekes has been offered a plane flight by an Australian airline, reports BBC News.
Soon, the “annoying” situation turned into something enjoyable. The Brisbane Times says Kerekes considers the Twitter celebrity status now as “amazing”. Kerekes is now selling t-shirts. But she still doesn’t know the score. “Sorry guys, I don’t know the cricket match score” or “What … is a wicket?”
In the end, fame can be exhausting even @theashes. “Okay, this has been insane. I’m exhausted”.