Debra Messing Wins Back Twitter Name
Actress Debra Messing is celebrating after winning back her Twitter.com tag from an Internet impostor.
The Smash star has been slow in adapting to the social networking craze, but Messing was recently forced to sign up for the microblogging site in a bid to protect fans from misleading fraudsters.
She says, "I knew nothing about Twitter and I had a girlfriend of mine email me and say, 'I have been talking to you for three weeks over Twitter and I didn't know it wasn't you! It's somebody posing as you.' And I thought, 'What?'
"And it turned out there were six people posing as me! And I thought, 'OK, this is insanity, I don't like this, I want to get my name back!' And so I started doing some digging and it turns out that one of the people posing as me was a male firefighter from Los Angeles... (The law has) a fine line - you can spoof or satire somebody but you can't present yourself as speaking their words... So I got it back."
The actress, who recently got her Twitter account verified, now has over 25,000 followers.