Rob Manuel

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Rob Manuel (born 5 December 1973) is the English co-founder of the website B3ta (where he is affectionately known as "the Ginger Führer").


Manuel is responsible for numerous quizzes and Flash animations. He has also collaborated with Joel Veitch and Ben Wheatley producing videos for Tomboy Virals. Together with Jonti Picking, under the names Weebl and Chums, he released a mini-album, Pure Yak Frenzy, consisting of various tunes and earworms created by one or both of them. Most of these tracks gained popularity on the Internet (usually accompanied by a Flash animation) before being released on CD. For a time, he presented the B3ta Radio Show on Resonance FM with David Stevenson.[1]

He edited joke website Sickipedia and spin-off book The Bumper B3ta Book of Sick Jokes.[2] The website was accused of plagiarism by comedian Gary Delaney, but added an attribution feature to the website to counter this.[3]

From 2013 to 2015, Manuel was editor of the Trinity Mirror web project UsVsTh3m.[citation needed]

Manuel has developed various Twitter bots, including Clickbait Robot (@clickbaitrobot, which parodies clickbait[4][5]) and Swear Clock (@swearclock, which tweets the time using profanity[6]).

Personal life[edit]

Manuel has three children and lives in Tufnell Park, London.


  1. ^ Oates, John (2007-01-23), B3ta man victorious over Coca-Cola in music dispute, The Register, retrieved 2009-05-27
  2. ^ "Abused for taking on the joke thieves". Chortle. 9 November 2009.
  3. ^ "Comedians complain of plagiarism on Twitter and joke websites". The Daily Telegraph. 11 November 2009.
  4. ^ Bryant, Martin (7 November 2015). "Clickbait Robot is like BuzzFeed on autopilot". Retrieved 11 July 2017.
  5. ^ Poke, The (13 September 2016). "27 bits of surreally amusing clickbait entirely generated by a robot". Retrieved 11 July 2017.
  6. ^, Ellen Scott for (13 May 2017). "F*** your watch, this sweary Twitter account is the only clock you need". Retrieved 11 July 2017.

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