Zephyrus of the Anemoi

.the ramblings of a radman.

In which Wil Wheaton (@wilw) blocks me on Twitter for no readily apparent reason

About a year-and-a-half ago, the guys over at Penny Arcade made available the speech from their keynote speaker at PAX ’07. While I’ve never been fortunate enough to go to PAX, I’ve often wanted to do so. Normally, however, I’m not that interested in the keynote speakers, and I felt that my opinion would not change when I saw who the speaker was: Wil Wheaton.

But, needing something to listen to while working, I gave it a shot. And believe me, it was a great decision. While I still remembered Wil as that scrawny actor that played Wesley Crusher, one of the more controversial characters in the entire Star Trek franchise, Wil had grown into one of the more prominent bloggers on the Interwebs.

I remembered hearing something about his blog either when I was in college or shortly after graduating and blogging was still a new concept. At the time, I dismissed it because I thought blogs were lame (look at me now, ma!) and because I didn’t expect him to have anything interesting to say.

But, now I am willing to admit that I was wrong. After listening to his PAX keynote, I started reading his blog—much of which has been co-opted for the books he has written—and listening to his podcast. When several of my friends convinced me to try out this whole “Twitter thing“, @wilw was one of my first feeds to follow. I even replied a few times and got a response back when I asked him to spread the word about the free copies of CodeWeavers software back in October.

Shortly after, I began to notice that Mr. Wheaton’s feed was no longer showing up in my Twitter feed. At first, I thought he hadn’t been updating, but then I went to check out the feed and saw that I’d missed a lot of Tweets. Now, this in and of itself isn’t a big deal. The man tweets a lot and I don’t have time to check Twitter so often that I catch everything from everyone anyway. But I figured there must be an issue with my Twitter account.

Now, you may be wondering to yourself, “What kind of stalker needs to know what’s going in someone’s life all the time?” To which I would respond, “This kind, dammit! Err… I mean, I’m not a stalker.”

In all seriousness, I’m a big fan of Mr. Wheaton’s writing and subscribe to his blog via RSS. However, I tend to check Twitter more often than RSS and can find new posts faster via Twitter. Plus, he’s pretty funny sometimes and that comedy plays out in Twitter quite a bit.

So, after some investigation I discovered that I was no longer following Mr. Wheaton anymore. This confused me, but I didn’t fret because it was easy to remedy.

I clicked the Follow button.

Safari did its thing and just before the following began, I received a message from the Twitter site saying that an error occurred and I could not follow at that time. WTF?

So I shrugged it off. I waited a couple of hours for Twitter to fix itself and I tried again. And later again. And each time I got the same error. I waited a couple of days this time. Again, no dice. Finally, I tried it on my iPhone, which loaded up the mobile version of the site. This is when the unthinkable happened.

The error message I was given from Twitter mobile said that I had been blocked at the request of the user. I. HAD. BEEN. BLOCKED.

BY WIL MOTHERFRAKKING WHEATON.

I thought it had to still be a glitch. I contacted Twitter support whom confirmed the error message. I had been blocked. I verified the issue further by logging in with my cat’s Twitter account @omgcat.

At this point, I didn’t know what else to do. I slept on it for a couple of days, but when the withdrawal proved to be too great, I tried the unthinkable. I e-mailed Mr. Wheaton directly. Unfortunately, I received no response and decided to just let it go. And I did. For two months. Until today.

Because today, I formally declare war on Wil Wheaton.

But, y’know, satirically.

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8 Comments

  1. I find this very interesting.

  2. I find this very interesting.

  3. What’s your damage?

    The world is on the brink of a financial Depression like it has never seen before, Gazans are being killed daily, Africans continue to die of disease and famine in record numbers, war rages across the globe, and all you care about is Wil Wheaton blocking your Twit access?

    You are obviously fucked up.

    Get your priorities right.

    Hope you enjoy your short stay in the labor camp Fema has waiting for you, because that awaits such self-absorbed unaware idiots such as you who ignore any problem that is not related to their celebrity worship and corporate brainwashing ideals.

  4. What’s your damage?

    The world is on the brink of a financial Depression like it has never seen before, Gazans are being killed daily, Africans continue to die of disease and famine in record numbers, war rages across the globe, and all you care about is Wil Wheaton blocking your Twit access?

    You are obviously fucked up.

    Get your priorities right.

    Hope you enjoy your short stay in the labor camp Fema has waiting for you, because that awaits such self-absorbed unaware idiots such as you who ignore any problem that is not related to their celebrity worship and corporate brainwashing ideals.

  5. Well *I* think your celebrity worship is entertaining. And if I got myself in contact with somebody awesome, I’d definitely end up with a bruised ego if they blocked me. I think you should go the “evil villain” route and see if you can befriend Wil’s arch nemesis. I’m not really sure who that would be, but I’m sure he has one. Then tweet all the time about how cool arch nemesis is and see if that brings Wil around. Although there’s also the possibility that the appearance of obsession would scare off the arch. Hmmm…

  6. Well *I* think your celebrity worship is entertaining. And if I got myself in contact with somebody awesome, I’d definitely end up with a bruised ego if they blocked me. I think you should go the “evil villain” route and see if you can befriend Wil’s arch nemesis. I’m not really sure who that would be, but I’m sure he has one. Then tweet all the time about how cool arch nemesis is and see if that brings Wil around. Although there’s also the possibility that the appearance of obsession would scare off the arch. Hmmm…

  7. With the world on the brink of financial deprejsion, puppies being killed, and the obese dying from hypertension and heart attacks, I just don’t know how I find time to read and comment on blogs!

    I’d also like to say that I am appalled that you said that Wil Wheaton is the one and only god and that you love him more than your mother. I was especially offended by the part where you said you’d replace our very own red, white, and blue with a design of Wesley Crusher!

  8. With the world on the brink of financial deprejsion, puppies being killed, and the obese dying from hypertension and heart attacks, I just don’t know how I find time to read and comment on blogs!

    I’d also like to say that I am appalled that you said that Wil Wheaton is the one and only god and that you love him more than your mother. I was especially offended by the part where you said you’d replace our very own red, white, and blue with a design of Wesley Crusher!

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