Microblogging in athletics has given rise to a 24 hour cycle of exposure.  Athletes can communicate to fans, media, and other players and vice versa.  As with all communication there are examples of sportsmanship and there are examples of uglier forms of discourse.  It has an effect of abbreviating the thoughts of those involved to varying effect.  I think it important to use the same social graces that one would employ face to face. 
 


Kyle Wise
05/14/2013 11:14pm

I would have to agree with you about your closing statement on microblogging in athletics. The biggest problem with social media in athletics is that athletes(professional or amateur) forget that the things that they post for everyone to see are representations of themselves and their beliefs. When people see something distasteful that a person posts it is directly reflective on them as a human and some people don't understand that. For some reason they believe that it is an online alter ego who shouldn't be held accountable for the things that they say. It was because of this aspect of twitter that I did not want to pursue an account. I would rather not deal with all of the garbage being posted than have to sift through all of that to what I wanted to read about. Needless to say I had an extremely bias view of what twitter was about. Now that I have an account I have to say that it is very convenient for letting people know when and where we are playing games or for events that our school is hosting. This has really changed my view of how twitter is designed to be used.

I really enjoy reading your posts, you have a very elegant and understated style of writing and I look forward to your future posts

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Arthur Berlanga
05/16/2013 5:58pm

Microblogging is definitely a world that does not and refuses to sleep. I've read that famous athletes feel forced or obligated to posted tweets and/or upload videos due to their high demands of followed fans. These athletes and coaches are constantly under the microscope. I like when you said, "As with all communication there are examples of sportsmanship and there are examples of uglier forms of discourse. It has an effect of abbreviating the thoughts of those involved to varying effect." Communication through microblogging can be both a positive and a negative depending on its usage of course. Some use it as a tool to connect and inspire others, while others use it as a personal diary, where their thoughts and feelings are unedited.

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05/18/2013 1:16pm

I completely agree with your feelings on microblogging! I feel it has both its positives and negatives. It gives athletes the opportunity to interact with one another and their fans through social media. One of the players on our team was referenced in a tweet by a pitcher for the Oakland Athletics last week and it was probably one of the coolest experiences of my players career. Microblogging gives athletes the opporotunity to stand up for controversial topics and let their voices be heard. The negative is that there has been quite a few instances where professional have not thought before posting and lost control of their filter with what they write. Before they hit the submit button they need to remember that the people who read their posts will forever remember their words!

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