Google’s shakeup was huge news around the world today, with the company announcing on Monday afternoon, US time, that it was becoming a subsidiary of a bigger parent company called “Alphabet”.
One person who knew all about it was Chris Andrikanich from Cleveland, Ohio, a devoted dad and husband who describes himself as a “self-proclaimed geek who fires off regular gibberish, gobblety-gook about sports, tech, CLE, and whatever”.
Andrikanich was an early adopter on Twitter, signing up in April 2007, and was able to grab a pretty cool handle as a result – @alphabet.
When Google’s news broke at about 4.30pm in the US, the world turned to his Twitter account to start congratulating him.
He handled the fallout with aplomb:
Well, that was an interesting way to end a Monday…
— Chris Andrikanich (@alphabet) August 10, 2015
Before the news, Andrikanich had less than 900 followers, and less than a 12 hours later, it’s nearly 2500, including US president Barack Obama, so it seems that quite a few powerful people think a sports nut in Cleveland with a couple of kids is Larry Page’s day job.
His comment has been retweeted more than 4000 times.
One wag could see the mischievous possibilities of being @alphabet for the Apple user:
@alphabet You realize that you can make announcements for them now. Announce that they are switching to iOS and you'll make the news. xD
— NSBrianWard (@brianward) August 11, 2015
Not long after Andrikanich made his comment, Google signed on to Twitter as @alphabetinc.
— Alphabet Inc. (@aIphabetinc) August 10, 2015
Apparently the company did not contact Andrikanich about his Twitter handle before its announcement.