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New Jersey Man Gets Saudi Followers on Twitter

Aug. 9, 2012

A New Jersey man said his Twitter account received thousands of new followers because his user name is the same as the initials for a Saudi phone provider.

Chris Rowland said he gained 4,000 followers from Saudi Arabia earlier this month because the users confused his Twitter handle, @StC, with the initials of the Riyadh-based Saudi Telecom Co., which has more than 160 million customers, the New York Daily News reported Wednesday.

"There had been a constant trickle for phone and Internet complaints coming to my account, so I was like, 'I have to look this up,'" Rowland said.

Rowland said some followers have also confused his account with a Jakarta mall, resulting in numerous tweets from Indonesian teens.

Rowland said he has tried catering to his new audience with tweets featuring Arabic script.

"To my Saudi followers: You guys are great. I wish I COULD fix your phone company," he tweeted.

Source: Copyright United Press International 2012

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