The Twitter Effect

By TSM

Hard to believe how long twitter has been around now isn’t it?

I know you are sick of me saying this, but it is a tool simply made for those of us who love sports, news and entertainment. For hockey fans it’s especially incredible.

I can tell you that it’s made life so much simpler living across the content from my home town.

Fantastic article on ESPN.com about how twitter is changing sports coverage, and it’s one that given this audience I thought I should point out to you:

“Now you’re writing running stories on Twitter,” ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter said. “It can make you look like you’re vacillating or changing your mind, when in fact you’re reporting.”

Add to that the pressure of knowing competitors may tweet news first — and at least within media circles, the certainty that people are keeping score.

Take March’s Tim Tebow trade, Schefter said. The Denver Broncos agreed to trade the quarterback to the New York Jets, but when the deal apparently fell apart, they tried to work out a trade to the Jacksonville Jaguars instead, only to reverse course and return to the Jets. At one point, Schefter recalled, a credible person involved in the deal told him that Tebow was headed to Jacksonville. Rather than tweet that, Schefter waited to check in with other people — and another credible source told him to hold off.

“The story had changed so much that day, I thought it was really important for me to double- and triple-check it,” he said. “I could have put on Twitter that Tim Tebow was being traded to Jacksonville. Had I done that, I would have been remembered as the guy who got the Tim Tebow story wrong.”

Fascinating stuff in this article, and I think it really raises some interesting points on the future of media especially in sports.

Twitter has certainly changed both the way we consume our news and the sources of our news too.

Yes, there are still those trusted types, who we rely on in every vertical. There are those 2.0 sources who only emerged as a result of social media and the blogosphere and then there are the those who simply just piss you off; the trolls, the wannabies, the pretenders. During the prominence of blogs they would report wild stories that would cause those in the know to chase down stories that didn’t exist. That faded away pretty quickly. Today in the social world there are so called insiders who somehow achieve a huge audience with no real substance behind them. The question is why, or for what gain?.

Then, there are the legal implications:

“Legal precedent is only beginning to emerge. The most high-profile legal case concerning ownership of a Twitter account pits California writer Noah Kravitz against mobile-phone site Phonedog.com, his former employer. Eight months after the two parted ways, Phonedog sued Kravitz, calling the writer’s Twitter followers a customer list and seeking damages for the loss of that list.”

We all remember the case of the MSMer who got fired for performance reasons, yet conveniently only after posting religious beliefs on his twitter account don’t we? Interesting times on both sides of the border.

The ESPN article does a great job of addressing the fascinating implications of where we are in social media today and where it may be going. It’s long, but worth the investment of time.

I don’t know about you, but I just love Bob Elliott’s column in today’s Toronto Sun, especially the plea from Jose Bautista for the Jays to make bold moves to help the team:

“If that’s what it takes … it has to be done,” said Bautista. “I know it’s wishful thinking, maybe we can add one and win. Maybe people like Brett Cecil and other guys take advantage of the opportunity. Given an opportunity in crucial situations brings out the best sometimes.”

It’s nice to see the same passion from a star as being expressed by the fan base.

Simply put, it’s time for ownership to put up, wouldn’t ya say?

I know this isn’t popular and some MSMers will certainly email me for piling on or being mean, but nothing makes me skim or skip an article faster than anything that has to do with CFL football. I am really sorry. I know it’s anti-Canadian to say so, but every year for the past, I don’t several, more than 5, I’ve tried to follow pre-season coverage. I’ve watched a couple of games and despite what all those who cover the sport and those who love it say, I just don’t see the entertainment value. Maybe because Toronto sucks. I don’t know. I can tell you I grew up on Argo football and I loved it as a kid. Barnes, Holloway etc…. I knew every player. Today, it’s just not compelling and for that I am sorry.

Lastly, listening to Chris Berman on MLB Home Run Derby is like a condensed version of Pierre Mcguire doing the NHL draft or a game for that matter. Wholly mute button Batman.

TSM

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