Chris Andrikanich is an iPhone 6-wielding guy who found his fairly average Twitter account completely overrun with seemingly random messages of congratulations and suggestions that he was about to come into big money. Why, you ask? Mr. Andrikanich is known as @alphabet on Twitter, and after Google's big restructuring announcement earlier today lots of folks on the Internet assumed Google would want to move in to this newly coveted handle.
Despite the chaos that had befallen his Twitter account, Chris was able to talk to us for a few minutes.
Curiously, Google's new parent company never reached out to Mr. Andrikanich to acquire the Twitter handle.
At around 4:30 this afternoon, Chris got the first random mention congratulating him on something. By the time he found a link explaining why it was people were blowing up mentions on his Mac, the stream had become constant. During the 40 minute drive to go pick up his kid, Chris told us he'd received 996 mentions, and hours later there was no sign this was going to let up anytime soon. He's probably going to disable mentions entirely for a while, but for tonight he's just going to rely on Do Not Disturb to keep his phone from buzzing all night long.
Curiously, Google's new parent company never reached out to Mr. Andrikanich to acquire the Twitter handle. Instead, @alphabetinc has recently been suspended. And it's not yet known if @alphabetlnc (that's with a lowercase L) is legit and clever, or clever but not official. Unfortunately for Chris, that probably means the unintentional mentions are going to continue for a while.
Remember, kids: It's all fun and games until your Twitter account is accidentally rendered nearly useless by a huge corporate announcement.