Blogging and microblogging are very new and unfamiliar to me.  The only experience that I have had with them has been reading tweets that come across the screen on Sportscenter or that are talked about on television.  When I first heard about tweeting my first thought was, "are you kidding me why would people want to let people know what they are doing every five seconds" and, "who cares enough about what someone is doing to follow them 24/7".  I feel that microblogging in athletics has some good aspects, but is often misused.

Tweeting is the new big thing in social media, especially in the professional and college sports worlds.  Now you can expect the anchors on Sportscenter to let viewers know what is "trending" in between highlights or show athletes from other sports supporting other athletes.  This positive interaction and networking is what "tweeting" is suppose to be about, but like anything else that is popular Twitter has been abused by people with influence.  Along with all of the good support and interaction between athletes through Twitter you are bound to come across situations where famous athletes will use Twitter in order to either talk trash to each other or argue over often trivial subjects over Twitter, better known as "Twitterfights".  It seems that all that is ever publicised are the negative interactions that take place over twitter when they shouldn't even be paid attention to.  It was because of this that I had totally taken a stand against Twitter previously to this class. 

I believe that Twitter can be beneficial for all levels of sports programs in many ways.  The biggest overall way that I feel Twitter can help sports programs of all levels is the publicity that sending out a tweet to followers can bring.  It is a fast and convinient way to alert fans or supporters of events, whether it is to a game or a fundraising event.  I Phones and Android powered phones with internet capabilities now make it possible for people to recieve notifications wherever they are at the drop of a hat.

Twitter has started to have an impact on educational institutions in a variety of ways.  They have been used to notify students of upcoming events on campus, to alert faculty of upcoming meetings and by teachers to give assignments to students.  All of these are creative and productive uses of Twitter and probably what it was probably intended to be used for.  These are the reasons that I feel Twitter can be a proactive tool for education and athletics both on their own or by an educational institution's athletic department.

In conclusion, when used for it's intended purpose Twitter is a pretty cool tool, but when polluted with "twitterfights" or with #hashtags#so#that#tthe#tweet#is#impossible#to#read it

 


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Jordan Glessner
05/14/2013 4:04am

I was in the same boat as you with twitter being used for people who want to share their business with the world. My first year as a head coach a few of my players set me up with a twitter account, and I used it to follow them. I wanted to use it as a way to send inspirations about a big game we had coming up or encourage them with a shout out after the game. Then I realized they were not using this for the same reason! Like you mentioned, "twitterfights" were common between our team and other teams, or even within our team. They never let these "issues" that were stated on twitter show on the court. They knew my expectation and respected me enough to keep their personal problems out of their game. This was when I decided to avoid tweeting with them. I wanted to make sure I kept my focus on their game play and not become involved with the other distractions life presents us with!

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Arthur Berlanga
05/14/2013 9:34am

I couldn't agree more on how often people in authoritative positions or even our young people misuse twitter. I too was a bit skeptical of creating my own twitter account. For starters, I didn't want any my students or athletes knowing what I am doing or where I am on my personal time. Second, I don't need to know or want to know what my students or athletes are doing on there personal time unless it's a face to face dialogue. Too many of our young people, use twitter as an "alter ego" or a forum to say things that they would never say verbally out loud. For example, I have player of mine who never uses profanity around me or his friends, but the moment he gets on his twitter account he becomes a different person. Vulgar language is constantly used to describe his moods or emotions. Maybe it's just the demographics of my profession, but this is exactly why I try to stay away from following any of my students or athletes. When used correctly and appropriately, twitter can be asset in regards it being informative, inspiring and enlightening.

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05/14/2013 11:02pm

I agree with you guys that twitter is being misused by many kids and adults. With technology constantly changing, I think it is important to teach the kids how to use it in a correct way. Too many athletes are getting in trouble with what they say on social medial sites, and banning them from using these sites isn't teaching them anything.

While working with a collegiate volleyball program a few years ago, the coach made the entire team take classes about social media etiquette. I honestly thought this was stupid at the time, but now that I am a head coach myself (at the high school level) I am beginning to understand how useful those classes were.

I have two twitter accounts, one for my personal use (only for friends) and one I created for my team. My personal twitter is private and I do not have any of my players associated with that one. However, my team twitter is very useful. I update this account regularly with open gym updates, workouts, encouragements, and pictures of the team in season and out of season. Most of my players and team parents follow this account along with a few local newspapers. During season I tweet our scores for the match along with a link to our statistics. This allows the newspapers to start working on their write up of the game until I have time to call with more details. All in all, twitter can be used for good. :)

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    Kyle Wise

    I am 25 years old, in my 3rd season as an assistant baseball coach at the Junior College level and love guiding young adults as they chase down their dreams.

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