What can you use the internet site Twitter for? To tell everyone you’re stuck in a lift with Stephen Fry.
A short message on Twitter (an internet service that lets you tell your friends what is happening to you) alerted the world to an occupational hazard in the 21st century:
Ok. This is now mad. I am stuck in a lift on the 26th floor of Centre Point. Hell’s teeth. We could be here for hours. Arse, poo and widdle #
Stephen Fry, Twitter
The following period must have confirmed to everyone else in that lift that Stephen Fry is one of the most connected people on Earth as messages were sent to the inhabitants of the square box from around the world. Fry even sent us a picture (see above) as the conversations continued.
- Aquatopia: Everyone send your prayers of deliverance to @stephenfry on this night of #frylift
- nocky100: Is this the worlds’ largest audience for a lift breakdown?
- Alanpdx: Did you hear Alan Davies chuckling before you got in the lift?
But only twenty minutes later, the Lift Engineer had arrived:
#frylift We’re free! Nice men from Thyssen freed us. Paramount Club had champagne for us at the bottom. I’m allergic, but nice thought x #
Fanbab summed up everyone’s feelings: The Twitterverse exhales after #frylift crisis.
But if you think this is a bit of fun, consider this. Fry’s audience for his lift escapade could have been upwards of 100,000 people. The picture above was viewed by 25,000 people during the twenty minutes everyone was trapped in the lift.
That’s not far off some of the audience numbers of a BBC3 comedy show. Now would you rather that or 20 minutes of Stephen Fry and random members of the public stuck in a lift?