British rocker Morrissey has warned fans not to be fooled by a new account set up in his name, insisting the blog is "bogus".

The former The Smiths frontman surprised fans on Wednesday (14May14) by appearing to send out his first tweet since originally joining the social media site in 2009.

The message, from the account @itsmorrissey, read: "Hello. Testing, 1, 2, 3. Planet Earth, are you there? One can only hope..."

The page seemed to be legitimate as it featured the verified account check mark from Twitter bosses, and more than 248,000 devotees, including comedians Stephen Fry and Russell Brand, clicked to follow Morrissey's musings.

However, the Suedehead hitmaker has now spoken out to distance himself from the blog, exposing the mystery writer as a fake.

In a statement posted on his fansite, he writes, "I would like to stress that I do not have either a Twitter or a Facebook account.

"I gather that a Twitter account has been opened in my name - as 'It's Morrissey' - but it is NOT Morrissey. I do not know who has opened this recent Twitter account, but please be aware that it is bogus. That's, of course, if you should remotely care."

Morrissey signed off the note with the words, "Untwitterably yours."