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Rome's authorities are totally uninterested in owning the Twitter account @Roma as their city's official voice in cyberspace, despite the council currently making do with the clunky @romacapitaleTW account instead. The current owner of the name, enterprising Spaniard Javier Castaño, is stuck with it for the time being, after his …

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apathy

can't be bothered to say more

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Pint

Rome city council is too busy to answer your call right now

We'll get back to you after our mid-morning breakfast break. Possibly.

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Re: Rome city council is too busy to answer your call right now

To be fair, breakfast is the only thing fast in Italy (that, and the time between buying a Ducati and having to return to the garage): an espresso with a pasty, standing up at a bar, between home and work.

Seems more a lack of linguistic skill in the seller, to me. If an italian says 'Roma', there's a better than 50-50 chance he means AS Roma. The city in a political sense is both the capital community (with clear tourism-advertising interests) and the political capital; just like "Brussels" more often means "The EU council" than "the local government".

So why switch from a clear name to an ambiguous one, except if you'd already have happened to build up a large following? The length of the name doesn't matter, there's nobody that's typing it out.

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Who the fuck cares?

Only twits use twitter.

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Re: Who the fuck cares?

I guess you as you took the time to read the article and post a reply :)

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Re: Who the fuck cares?

Apparently you care. Enough to post drivel, anyway.

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Smelly ?

Surely he should have sold @Roma to a purveyor of perfume or soemthing ?

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Re: Smelly ?

by which I mean "something". Probably shouldn't have drunk so much perfume at the weekend.

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Anonymous Coward

@roma, for all your 'lucky heather' needs

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He's clearly not tried that hard to shift it, there several potential users of such a name.

I'll take it off his hands.

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Anonymous Coward

Joke

<UKIPViewOfTheWorld>I am sure an NGO defending a bunch of crooks from Romania would be more interested</UKIPViewOfTheWorld>

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The city calls itself "Roma capitale" now... wihout stating it people wouldn't know...

The city of Rome spent a lot of cash to rebadge everything "Roma capitale" when the governemnt approved the bill with same name. It was intended to give the city some benefits to offset some perceived disadvantages of being the capital - but they thought it was sort of both a promotion and a name change, you know, if you say Rome without "capital" people may think you are speaking about Rome in Georgia or Minnesota... and if you write "capital" everywhere you feel more important. Probably they think DC after Washington means "De Capital", more or less how someone in Rome would pronounce it.... and wonder why London, Paris, etc. doesn't need to state they're the capitals...

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Re: The city calls itself "Roma capitale" now... wihout stating it people wouldn't know...

"you know, if you say Rome without "capital" people may think you are speaking about Rome in Georgia or Minnesota..."

People? Americans, perhaps.

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There's a maker of pasta that might be interested...

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Anonymous Coward

When in @Roma, do what the @Romans do. #YOLO

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Cybersquatting is annoying.

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Anyone interested?

Anyone interested in buying @hell?

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