#IAmColin, hear me roar

29 Jul 2011

A bogus Twitter promise has resulted in thousands of pounds being donated to charity.

What started as an innocent promise on social networking site Twitter has turned into an online movement in less than 24 hours.

Football fanatic and Twitter user Colin Warris, better known for his username @CWarr07, had been gathering a lot of followers as a sort of transfer gossip guru during the transfer window of the English football season.

During one of his transfer rumour tweeting sessions, Warris let slip that that Ivorian football star “Gervinho” would be on his way to Newcastle United pretty soon.

@cwarr07 Colin
Gervinho will be playing for #nufc next season……time to celebrate…..Ashley, Carr, Llambias, Charnley & Pardew deserve all the credit.

@cwarr07 Colin
As I posted last night, Gervinho has agreed to join #nufc

Source: Newcastle United Forum

When questioned about the authenticity of the rumour, Warris promised to donate £100 to The Sir Bobby Robson Foundation. However, the rumour proved to be false and Gervinho signed for London-based club Arsenal. The donation promise never came to fruition and @CWarr07 has since removed the tweet and locked his twitter account.

Football fans everywhere have begun to pick up the slack however, and are donating to the charity in their hundreds, with more than £1,000 being donated in the last 24 hours accompanying the hashtag #IAmColin. The hashtag has been trending worldwide now over the last 24 hours.