WRITTEN BY AARON MALDONADA
Twitter has become the standard form of communication to stay connected with people in today’s society.The biggest effect of Twitter is on the world of sports.
Everybody from fans to journalists have been drawn to this form of social media. The fans love this opportunity to get to know about the people they watch on television and read about in the newspapers.
Twitter is how fans get to learn more about them. There is just a certain sense of a personal relationship that is created. Never before would people have known Maurice Jones-Drew had plans to go to a Pacers-Nets game or that Lebron James said Blake Griffin’s dunk last week was better than his the night before. These personal remarks make the fans feel like they are talking with the superstars.
With the element of speed, Twitter has successfully shown its edge over other forms of communication. Users can tweet anytime they want and say anything they feel like sharing with the world.
Unlike Facebook, where one would need to friend request another user, Twitter allows you to follow other users with a click of a button. The only exception is if the person has a private account.
The big selling point with Twitter is that not only can you communicate with friends, but you can also follow your favorite celebrities and athletes. This allows you to hear the exact words from those stars without going through agents, coaches, or the media.
This all seems so great and positive for both parties in this relationship. There is a reason guys like Adam Schefter and Skip Bayless have to be on Twitter. They are ESPN analysts who get the latest sports news to us, the fans. They find out the information before the public.
Just like anywhere else on the internet, do not believe everything you read. The recent Prince Fielder signing was highly tweeted about. Rumors had Fielder to have signed with the Nationals, Rangers, Dodgers, Brewers, and eventually it all ended up being correctly reported to be the Detroit Tigers. Sports reporters are constantly in a fight to achieve immediacy and accuracy.
Twitter is still growing and the sports world as we know it. An example of how much the two are growing together is evident in the past NFL Pro-Bowl, where there was a special area on the field set aside for players to tweet during the event.
Who knows what the future holds? Players not only tweet their plans or feelings, but also try to build up their image. These athletes are rolemodels and heroes to many children today. This projects a positive attitude and that is what people like to see. It’s little things that make a big difference.
Patriots wide receiver Chad Ochocinco uses Twitter to promote many of his various off the field adventures like his television show or his phone app. New York Yankees ace CC Sabathia used it to market himself as well. “Vote for CC for the 2011 MLB Performer of the Year presented by Pepsi!”
In 140 characters or less, players can do a whole lot. There have been controversial tweets as well. For example, Pittsburgh Steelers running back Rashard Mendenhall tweeted: “what kind of person celebrates death? It’s amazing how people can HATE a man they never even heard speak. We’ve only heard one side…” You can imagine the kind of publicity Mendenhall had from this tweet. He tweeted this after the death of Osama Bin Laden.
A new position could be created on a football team. The same way there is a offensive coordinator there could be a “social media coordinator.” It may sound silly but who knows? Twitter could just be a trend for now. Twitter has yet to reach its fullest potential.
If you don’t have a Twitter account you are missing out on the whole new era of communication.