Ticket alert website blocked by LOCOG
A free website that alerts followers when tickets become available has been banned
A website that alerts followers when Olympic tickets are available has been blocked by LOCOG.
One of the big issues of the London Olympics so far has been the empty seats across many sports. The uproar that this caused led to organisers releasing more tickets through the official website.
However, there is no way of telling when tickets become available or for which sports.
Adam Naisbitt, 32, set up a free website - www.2012ticketalert.com - to help people find out when LOCOG released tickets, but it has since been blocked with no reason given by the organisers.
The alert system that sent a tweet to followers of the account @2012TicketAlert, became incredibly popular hitting almost 9,000 followers, and reaching over 150,000 people in total since Monday morning.
On Thursday night alerts suddenly stopped and since then there has been uproar amongst followers relying on the free service to get tickets.
Nearly 3,000 tweets have been sent overnight criticising LOCOG for banning the site.
Naisbitt, who owns a technology company in Milton Keynes, initially only set up the website to alert his fiancée when gymnastics tickets became available, but soon realised the system could benefit thousands of people doing the same.
“The bad thing is that I’m actually in the doghouse now, as my fiancée didn’t get the gymnastics tickets, and with the site becoming so popular she has even less chance now. And now we’re blocked she has to sit there refreshing her screen all day!”, he told MSN Sport.
Adam believes that the official website not been built in a sufficient way to cope with vast traffic, “Their website is really, really bad. It’s the Olympics of 2012 and the website has been coded like it’s 1995.”
“We were frustrated like thousands of other people. It took us just eight hours to build and with no benefit to us. We just wanted to help people get tickets.”
“It gained traction very very quickly and we’ve just been blown away by it.”
LOCOG have not explained to Adam why his site has been blocked.
LOCOG are terrified that anyone who hasn't paid them will benefit in any way from the games.
The games could have been a great opportunity for many small businesses throughout the UK to get back on their feet and in doing so help whip up enthusiasm for the UK Olympics but any way they could have been involved was blocked by LOCOG greed.
So much for a free and democratic country. What and who gives LOCOG the right and power to block someones website? The sooner that clown Coe and his cronies clear off the better. I'm sick and tired of seeing him.
And to his quest in finding who is the best Olympian ever, it certainly is NOT Mr. Coe
Well, future generations will know this as the empty Olympics...Way to promote sport LOCOG
LOCOG, all members of the board should at the end of the day be billed for
all the empty seats at the end of the games.
It should be easy to work out and being billed out of their own pockets will be
a saving for the UK tax payer, and hopefully a lesson learned that no matter who
you are 'being a prize pillock' is not just the domain of the underdog!!!!
MSN, do your job and stop these stupid ads. They are like cards in phonebooths!!!!
I doubt they even understand how a 'quality' web site works, let alone tender for the correct system. It was probably designed by one of their mates or one of his friends?
Democracy is such a wonderful thing.
let us just hope that one day we will have a government, of any party, that can actually govern our rapidly failing country, and not clean our bank accounts out to cover their incompetence.
Yes Ben! Lord Coe! There was/still is, issues with ticket allocation, 18-20 months ago! Lordy Coe, ( Yes the people will have tickets ), well done Seb! However, we as people don't understand the complex nature of buying a ticket.
It's certainly an Olympic Games that will go down in history.
Like The Titanic!!!!!
The board members are:
Chair Lord Coe
Sir keith Mills - Deputy Chair
- HRH Princess Royal Dr Muhamad abdul Bari MBE
- Sir Phillip Craven MBE
- Paul Deighton Jonathon Edwards CBE
- Tony Hall CBE
- Andrew Hunt
- Justin King
- Stephen Lovegrove
- Lord Moynihan
- Tim Reddish OBE
- Sir Craig ReedieCBE
- Martin Stewart
- Neil Wood MBE
- Sir Robin Wales this is a list of the board of locog