Olympic tickets alert back on Twitter after controversial ban

A Twitter account posting alerts when Olympic tickets become available has been reinstated after a ban on the feed was overturned.

@2012TicketAlert, run by entrepreneur Adam Naisbitt, uses computer software to detect when seats have been released on the official London 2012 ticket site, and publishes automatic messages on the social network announcing their availability. Naisbitt made the program after being frustrated by the site’s tendency to suggest tickets that had already sold out.

With innumerable sports fans trawling the Internet in search of those elusive passes to the capital's Olympic venues, the service became popular and helped hundreds secure seats.

But Locog clamped down on the service last week and blocked all non-browser software from the London 2012 site in a bid to foil touts, leaving the alert service out in the cold. An outraged Naisbitt told the BBC he was “shell-shocked”, adding, "I can't believe that something that was genuinely there to help people is being stepped on. We're not making any money, we just want to help people get tickets."

Thankfully for Naisbitt, Olympic fans and online justice, Ticketmaster - who enforced the ban with Locog – ensured the service was reinstated after three days offline.

The ticket agency told the BBC, "Once Adam Naisbitt approached Ticketmaster and [Locog], and we were able to establish that the activity was legitimate, we discussed with him the best way to re-enable access without compromising the performance of the website or the experience of consumers."

"We have now unrestricted @2012TicketAlert and we will continue to remain focused on ensuring that the London 2012 website can sell as many tickets as possible to get even more sports fans to the Games."

So after a weekend of endlessly refreshing the London 2012 ticket page, Olympic punters can return to the prolific Twitter feed, which has posted nearly 2,500 times and attracted 39,803 followers at the time of writing.

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