Posted on: May 19, 2009 3:27 pm
Edited on: May 20, 2009 5:36 pm
In the Twitter universe it's often not what you tweet, but who it is doing the tweeting. For example, Danny Glover is on Twitter. Since he joined around April 17th he's posted six updates. They're all about following something called "politicalrap."
Yet he has 236,159 followers.
Take Maryland basketball coach Gary Williams as another example. He has 847 followers despite recent tweets like:
"NBA draft lottery tonight. Not since 2004, when the Orlando Magic ended up with Howard, has the team with the worst record won the lottery."
That's what's on your mind, coach? How about something on Greivis Vasquez's status. Or who you're replacing him with? Not some cornball stat about the general NBA lottery.
As with most things in life, having a brand name also makes a huge difference in Twitterville. So the question today is, which sports-related brand names are worth following?
Please add on any suggestions you have (as well as any sports-related feeds you follow), but here's my primer for those looking to beef up their following index.
Drew Rosenhaus , agent (Terrell Owens, Santana Moss, Chad Ochocinco), 7,622 followers
"Going to the NFL Owners Meetings in Fort Lauderdale to make some money for my clients. I have several deals that I'm working on right now."
Or if you want something a wee bit more newsworthy, there was this gem earlier in the week that made noise due to it's sensitive playbook nature:
"The Dolphins are using wide receiver Ernest Wilford some at H-Back/Tight end. Wilford has the size & strength
to play both positions."
Lamar Odom , Lakers forward, 27,907 followers
"Lamar Odom: Anyone feel the earthquake? Whoa! I hope everyone is alright. Must have been the Rockets and their red glare shooting outta LA. Lol"
Ba-zing, Rockets fans.
Ron Zook , Illinois football coach, 1,745 followers
"Can't believe my daughter gradulated from Illinois already.Go Illini"
Thrilling? Not at all. But there have been some odd updates at even odder hours coming from Zook so it's worth at least keeping an eye on.
Mark Cuban , Dallas Mavericks owner, 47, 424 followers
"Mark Cuban: An Apology to Kenyon Martin’s Mom: It started as a smart ass comment that I know that no one heard. How do.. »
link to An Apology to Kenyon Martin’s Mom « blog maverick"
Cuban's interest in Twitter is higher than an adolescent on goofballs. He may end up cracking the monetization code to this social medium. Plus, he sometimes has to make nice to "thug's" moms.
Coco Crisp , Kansas City Royals outfielder, 3,585 followers
"OK i officially have a new (baseball) disease called PPA (Piss Poor Aim). Everytime i hit a ball hard PPA kicks in. There has to be a cure."
Have to love his self-deprecating style.
Jay Feely , New York Jets kicker, 1,031 followers
"Today was one of the most entertaining days of the year. First practice for the rookies, vets smell blood in the water and go for the kill"
Former Cold Pizza host can put together coherent thoughts, which is a big win in Twitterville.
Posted on: May 5, 2009 5:00 pm
Edited on: May 5, 2009 5:30 pm
Sometimes an iPhone app from a reputable organization comes along and you ask yourself: Why?
Why take the time to make this?
That's the question I ask myself after using NBA.com's (via Turner) Game Time app for the first round of the playoffs. The Game Time app promises: "No frills. Just scores, schedules and stats."
It does all those things (sort of). End of story, right?
Not really, because it doesn't make sense to make an app to do just that. Not when sites like ESPN, CBSSports.com, FoxSports all offer pretty robust NBA playoff coverage.
Now I like the way NBA Game Time does what it says it will. It's clean, easy and didn't crash after an update was installed (it crashed a lot prior to that). And that's why I'm disappointed. I want more from the NBA's (or even TBS') official vault. Give me highlights, analysis, heck, how about at least a preview story?
But again, that's asking things of which it didn't promise. I will nitpick about it's "real-time scoring during live games."
The app offers a line score and player stats. That's all. And that's simply not enough.
It doesn't offer Recent Plays, or a way to look at any of the game's plays. That's a big deal when you're wondering why the app's gamecenter line score hasn't updated in a few minutes. Is it because the game is at commercial? Is it because both teams have gone cold? Is there a hawk flying through the arena?
There's a playoff bracket, which is attractive, but not really user friendly. Instead of say, starting on the current round, it starts with a close-up of the final matchup. Of course, there is no final yet, so it's just a big, "The Finals on ABC Beginning in June" promo.
There are also Schedule and Standings tabs, which make as much sense in a playoff-only app as the Chewbacca Defense . Use that real estate for news stories, user comments, photo galleries. Anything that I could play with while I wonder what's happening in a game I'm interested in.
Who makes it: Turner Broadcasting System in partnership with NBA.com
Selection process: Scroll wheels for changing dates (which is useless since there are never any available upcoming dates on the Schedule wheel)
How to locate it: It's the top free app under sports
Has potential: 4/10
Posted on: April 24, 2009 1:03 pm
Edited on: April 24, 2009 1:10 pm
Maybe your stance of Twitter mirrors the plot of a teen sex comedy. Like a high school senior you feel like you've waited long enough and now, no NOW!, is the time you must join the legion of Twitterers. It's a right of Internet passage, gosh darn it!
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