‘Tommy Scott is not dead’ aka ‘When April Fool’s Day jokes go wrong’

Another cautionary tale about Twitter, and about April Fool’s Day – this one concerns Tommy Scott, the bloke was in Space, and an internet rumour that he had died.

Not exactly the height of sophistication, and not remotely funny, and that’s before you factor the new somehow filtering back to Scott’s mother

I noticed this news circulating around Twitter’s Liverpool fraternity last night and though it a bit odd.

An official press release from his record company Antipop had said: “We are sorry for the untimely death of one of our great sons” and detailed that he died of heart failure.

It didn’t surprise me an hour or so later to see that it was, in fact, a hoax.