Twitter is taking over the world. We have heard a lot of interesting uses for the break-0ut social media site, such as energy monitoring, job searching, and the latest craze has been in-game reports.
Twitter has become a staple in the celebrity world, and that seems to include professional athletes. We heard the story last week about Milwaukee Bucks forward Charlie Villanueva tweeting during halftime, then getting called out by his coaches. Not to be outdone, Shaq posted several tweets during the Sun’s game Saturday night. His plans were to tweet during the game, not get in trouble, then brag after the fact that he didn’t get in trouble. And this is what these guys get paid millions of dollars to do? I thought they were paid to play!
Last week, the Women’s Professional Soccer League announced that it will allow selected players to tweet during the inaugural game, and is considering allowing players to tweet all season long, depending on fan response.
Allowing professional athletes to tweet during games is an interesting concept to me. Yes in one way it stands to bring in more fans to professional sports, making them feel incredibly close to the action. But on the other hand, it can possibly bring some backlash to the athlete and his/her team, making them seem not focused on their jobs.
Seeing as tweeting is a big part of many people’s daily job responsibilities, it begs the question, should professional athletes be able to tweet at work like so many others? Or does it detract from what they are getting paid to do? You wouldn’t see a surgeon tweeting during their workday…would you?
Updated 3/23 – I spoke too soon. Shortly after reading my blog post for the day, a colleague found this story on CNN. For the second known time, surgeons twittered updates throughout their surgical procedures. OK. It’s official…Twitter is taking over the world!
Posted by: Lauren