ATLANTA – APRIL 13: Former United States President Jimmy Carter enjoys the action between the Atlanta Braves and the Milwaukee Brewers in the home opener at Turner Field on April 13, 2012 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)

Twitter users confuse U.S. President Jimmy Carter with soccer player Jimmy Carter

This happens all the time on Twitter. When something good or bad happens to a famous person, messages pour onto social media to anyone who shares that name. Sometimes, this can happen to other known people as to what happened here.

Yesterday, former President of the United States Jimmy Carter released a statement saying he has cancer which has spread and will undergo treatment. Not surprisingly, there were many messages of support for the 90 year old President.

Many of those messages found its way to the owner of Twitter handle @JimmyCarter777, also known as former 80’s and 90’s Millwall, Arsenal and Liverpool English winger Jimmy Carter. There were apparently enough messages to warrant a response from soccer’s Jimmy Carter about the matter.

I mean, for something like this, I guess people mean well and they’re trying to send messages of support and well wishes so there’s no harm no foul in that. Sometimes it can be pretty detrimental if you aren’t famous and have a Twitter handle that can be confused with a soccer player so you can receive thousands of tweets of support or hate depending on what the player does so maybe people should take a couple seconds to look at who they’re tweeting at. Hint: the blue verified sign can be a pretty good indicator of who to direct your tweets to.

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