Please, sir, we want some more... tickets
A tech geek's attempt to help his girlfriend get gymnastics tickets is turning into a British revolution.
Thousands of people latched on to Adam Naisbitt's website and Twitter account, @2012TicketAlert, after hours and days of futile fighting with the official London Games ticket site. The folks at Buzzfeed graphically dramatized their hour-long failed attempt to buy tickets for anything at all.
The 32-year-old Naisbitt enlisted more than 9,600 followers in a few days, until the London Olympic Committee spotted him and blocked its server. In all, 250,000 people have used the site, he said.
What had been a Twitter stream of grateful Games goers turned into an angry flood of posts that brought the BBC to Naisbitt's door. With shot after shot of empty seats and a website that could mangle the most determined ticket buyer, the pressure is mounting on the London organizing committee to relax their iron grip.
Naisbitt wasn't making money from his site, he told MSN Sports. He just opened it to the public after realizing he'd found a way to get around http://www.tickets.london2012.com/,
The site is run by TicketMaster.
“Their website is really, really bad. It’s the Olympics of 2012 and the website has been coded like it’s 1995,” he told MSN.