As you guys know my super cool roomie, @JenFriel, went on ControlTV yesterday to talk some social media knowledge into a couple meatheads. She did a great job of showing her side of things but she could not find a way to relate why Twitter matters to a couple of sports fans. This is where I come in. I am a HUGE sports fan and the Colorado Rockies are my team. Don’t let this sports thing affect my nerd status. I follow the Rockies so much that I can tell you their starting lineup in the year 2014. (thanks PurpleRow.com!) That is definitely nerdy. Baseball was the reason I got into Twitter in the first place. By following the major sports writers I can get information immediately after it happens and before the sports stories are even written. This puts me ahead of 99% of other Rockies fans who don’t use Twitter and I love knowing more about the Rockies than most other fans. The writers will also reply to your questions and retweet you if you have a good or funny point. Getting retweeted by people in the biz really makes you feel like you are a part of it.
Another fun group of people to follow are the players themselves. By following players you can gain access to inside information or even tickets. They will Tweet back sometimes, depends on the player. Minor league players are fun because they will have entire twitter conversations with you. One non Rockie player I follow is @HeathBell21 of the San Diego Padres. (boo) I like him because he is a fat guy who plays baseball, what’s not to like? Towards the end of the season he had a contest for his followers and the winner won tickets to that nights game. Only Padres fans that use Twitter would have access to this contest. (Hey Rockies players, how bout some contests?)
The final piece to the sports Twitter trilogy is to follow other fans of your team. Other fans are a great resource to find out where to go after the game, what is happening in other games, and finally it’s a great place to complain about how lame the other teams fans are.
So there you go meatheads- twitter and everything social is there and ready to raise your sports fan experience to new heights. Don’t be scurred, all you have to do is create an account and make it work for you.
Speaking of Twitter: Follow me @Coordin8dDrunk