Written by Scott Campbell.
Published at 10:03 BST on Friday, 27th July 2012.
Spoof 'Cumbernauld Blues' Twitter account sparks online outrage

Cumbernauld has taken some amount of online criticism, as well as public cynicism. Now, though, Twitter has welcomed the creation of ‘Cumbernauld Blues’, an account which asks its followers to "Tell us yer gd n bad stories about the 'nauld. We've aw got dem.”

The new account was registered on Twitter after 5.40pm on Tuesday (24th July) and has already gathered pace online, with over three-hundred followers within two days of its launch.

The spoof account asks users to tweet with the hashtag ‘#cumbernauldblues’, which are picked up by the account’s owners and retweeted onto their own followers, further spreading the post.

Twitter is an online social media networking website which allows users to ‘follow’ one and other to receive ‘tweets’ – or messages – of no longer than 140 characters. The use of hashtags allows users to search current topics, which are trending on the micro-blogging website, further allowing the tweets to be picked up through search engines, such as Ask, Bing, Google or Yahoo.

Online, we asked our Facebook fans: “Are accounts like 'Cumbernauld Blues' doing anyone any good or is it just harmless fun? Do spoof accounts like these get under your skin, or has Cumbernauld taken so much bad press that this new account won't make much of a positive or negative influence?”

Responding, local resident Paul Cochrane said: “There is no doubt that there are areas of Cumbernauld that are pure shiteholes, but it's a pity to put down the whole town because of that. I've stayed here most of my life and think it's a great place. It's surrounded by woods and countryside and the people are great and friendly in general. The problem with most of the people who like to talk Cumbernauld down, is that they never offer any positive criticism nor offer solutions to problems. All they do is bitch and whine, and I don't have a lot of time for people like that.”

Desiree Barrera Weston said: “I stayed in Cumbernauld when I visited Scotland recently, I liked it… I enjoyed my visit to Palacerigg Country Park.”

John Flannagan said: “I think it's just a case of it being easier for people to sit and complain about the town instead of actually going out and enjoying the good points; yes, some areas need work, and some areas aren't all that attractive but there are plenty of nice, happy and indeed beautiful places in this town (I've spent 19 years growing up here and some of the best times of my life took place in Cumbernauld) people just need to learn that the real beauty is in the eye of the beholder.”

C.j. Friel said: “Its Facebook accounts like ‘The Surreal News in Cumbernauld’ that bother me. . . Really offensive stuff sometimes.”

Alan Mackay said: “Cumbernauld never reached its goal- youtube 'A Town For Tomorrow' to get a flavour of the optomism of the early 70's . I still love the place though and it bugs me when people are so keen to talk it down. Where else do they recommend? I think you'd be hard pressed to find a 'perfect' town. If you're feeling glum about Cumbie, track down 'Gregory's Girl' and cheer up!”

Mairi Clark said: “I could be mean - having been rejected for the original What's It Called? Ad - but my folks still live there and I have happy memories of it. Whenever I'm back from London it looks a damn sight better than it did when I live there twenty years ago!”

Colin Mackay said: “Cumbernauld's a great town with lots to be proud of. The ideas and philosophy behind the layout of some of the streets and green spaces was spot on. It's just a pity that the houses and streets filled with so many pure fuds.”