Personally, I think Twitter is one of the top ten most ignorant inventions in the history of mankind. I mean, if you actually care that so-and-so is sitting around watching television or that they just went to the grocery store or whatever, you have some serious issues and are in dire need of getting a life.
Obviously though, there's plenty of people that love it, seeing as how there are an estimated 200 million people tweeting worldwide. Tons of that 200 million are celebrity-type people or athletes. Which I suppose if Twitter is actually handy in any capacity, it would be to that group. That way, they can "speak" to the masses in 140 characters or less and continue going about their day.
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Since Twitter launched back in 2006, countless numbers of athletes have made the mistake of saying something they shouldn't have, or aired dirty laundry via tweets. When exactly are these guys gonna learn?
Just in the past month, Reggie Bush, Rashard Mendenhall and Shannon Brown have all made headlines not for something they did on the field or court, but for something ignorant they posted on Twitter.
Don't get me wrong, it's not always what they post, it's HOW the post is taken. Someone reading a tweet can't pick up on sarcasm, or can't tell if what they're typing is in a "joking" manner, so stuff that's meant to be in good fun often turns into a big controversy.
Sure, some of it can be chalked up to your everyday Joe's ignorance in misinterpreting the tweet, but in the end it still falls back on the athletes to take some responsibility for what they post, and to use some common sense when it comes to social networks. Everyone can see everything they put out there, so in most cases, more harm than good will come out of it.
Do I think Reggie Bush was just kidding when he said he was glad mini-camps weren't open and he was glad he wasn't having to participate in two-a-days in 100 degree temperatures? Yes I do.
Do I think Rashard Mendenhall had every right to go on Twitter and voice his opinion on the reported death of Osama bin Laden? Yes I do.
Do I think Shannon Brown has the right to proclaim to the world that he didn't sleep with Pau Gasol's girlfriend if he so chooses to? Sure, why the hell not.
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In closing, as far as athletes go, if something is so important that they feel the need to share it with someone, they should probably just go the old school texting route. At least then it's going to the one person in particular they know they're sending the text to.
Besides, in the grand scheme of things, the other 199,999,999 tweeters of the world aren't really that important anyway are they?...