‘Unsporting’ LOCOG blasted over @2012TicketAlert block

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THE man behind a Twitter feed alerting people to the availability of Olympic tickets has dubbed LOCOG ‘unsporting’.

Adam Naisbitt, 32, set up the @2012TicketAlert account to help ease the frustration of buying tickets.

Adam Naisbitt developed app for Twitter to alert you to availabilty of Olympic tickets going on sale

Adam Naisbitt developed app for Twitter to alert you to availabilty of Olympic tickets going on sale

But last night a block was put on the technology which allowed the feed to pull in up-o-the-second information on ticket availability.

Mr Naisbitt told Milton Keynes Citizen that the move, which he has been told has been brought in to stop potential ticket touts, would make it even harder for people to go to the London Games.

The Games have been widely criticised for the number of empty seats at venues, prompting the London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (LOCOG) to release more tickets to the public via its official website or travel firm Thomas Cook.

The LOCOG website is run on behalf of the organising committee by Ticketmaster.

“What they have done is limit the amount of requests you can make in the same session. Because we are making a huge number of requests we get blocked pretty quickly,” Mr Naisbitt said.

“The move will also block people trying to use the website and constantly refreshing the page.

“The website is really, really bad. It’s the Olympics of 2012 and the website has been coded like it’s 1995. We were only trying to help.

“It is very unsporting of them to do this.

“They have made it even harder for people to get tickets by stopping people who were trying to make it easier.”

The Twitter feed has attracted more than 9,000 followers and Mr Naisbitt told the Citizen it has helped more than 600 people gain tickets for the Games.

He said: “The amount of thank you tweets we have been getting is incredible.

“If they are trying to stop ticket touts why don’t they approve our IP address and let us carry on?”

LOCOG today revealed that two-and-a-half million people are attempting to log onto the ticket website every day in attempt to get to the Games.

A spokesman for LOCOG said: “Ticketmaster automatically blocks software which drives traffic or could be related to touting. It is not a case specifically targeting this website.

“We are talking to TicketMaster about this and will hopefully have further information later today.”

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