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    Over on one of our Vol boards, where I don't post anymore, I said a few months ago that we should ban our athletes from tweeting during their sport's season since they seemed to be putting their feet in their mouths too often.

    Someone responded that I didn't understand the power and importance of Twitter. If you take Twitter away from them, you are going to lose recruits, I was told.

    I'm starting to see what this guy was talking about. We have a new football coach who seems to be doing a great job. I think our recruiting class for '14 is currently ranked in the top five FWIW. A lot of credit is due Twitter. Athletes recruit other athletes by tweeting. Fans recruit athletes by sending tweets to athletes. Seems like that would be against NCAA rules, but this may be beyond their control. Plus, athletes of all ages love to tweet. I guess it feeds their egos.

    I'm guessing that Twitter will surpass Facebook in popularity and importance, if it hasn't already.

    Radi Nabulsi ESPN ? @ RadiNabulsi 12m I don't think any fanbase is as organized when it comes to following recruits on Twitter as the # Vols . Violations or not, they have a plan.

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    Re: Power of Twitter is incredible

    Originally posted by BillVol
    Athletes recruit other athletes by tweeting. Fans recruit athletes by sending tweets to athletes. Seems like that would be against NCAA rules, but this may be beyond their control.
    Why should a public conversation be against the law?
    "A beautiful theory killed by an ugly fact."
    by Thomas Henry Huxley

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    • #3
      Re: Power of Twitter is incredible

      Originally posted by Pego
      Originally posted by BillVol
      Athletes recruit other athletes by tweeting. Fans recruit athletes by sending tweets to athletes. Seems like that would be against NCAA rules, but this may be beyond their control.
      Why should a public conversation be against the law?
      Where does he say it should be against the law?

      Also, I can think of some instances where a public conversation will get you arrested.

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      • #4
        Re: Power of Twitter is incredible

        Twitter, Facebook, Instagram . . . all the social media . . . are replacing television as the greatest cultural influence. Their role in the Arab Spring and subsequent political and social 'mass events' is still woefully underestimated.

        Power to the people, right on!

        (John Lennon, 1971)

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        • #5
          Re: Power of Twitter is incredible

          Originally posted by gm
          Originally posted by Pego
          Originally posted by BillVol
          Athletes recruit other athletes by tweeting. Fans recruit athletes by sending tweets to athletes. Seems like that would be against NCAA rules, but this may be beyond their control.
          Why should a public conversation be against the law?
          Where does he say it should be against the law?

          Also, I can think of some instances where a public conversation will get you arrested.
          1. By "law" I obviously meant NCAA regulations :roll: .
          2. Yes, plotting a terrorist act or such. We are talking about nothing of that sort.
          "A beautiful theory killed by an ugly fact."
          by Thomas Henry Huxley

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            Re: Power of Twitter is incredible

            Pego, from the Gator site. Notice nothing about Twitter.

            http://www.gatorzone.com/compliance/...ct_prospective

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            • #7
              Re: Power of Twitter is incredible

              Originally posted by BillVol
              Pego, from the Gator site. Notice nothing about Twitter.

              http://www.gatorzone.com/compliance/...ct_prospective
              Thank you, Bill. This just blows my mind. I wonder if anybody ever attempted a court challenge.
              "A beautiful theory killed by an ugly fact."
              by Thomas Henry Huxley

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              • #8
                Re: Power of Twitter is incredible

                I just started with Twitter a few days ago!
                (I'd heard that Mary Cain had said she'd be shooting for the "A" at Drake......on Twitter! So I became a Mary Cain Twitter "follower"......and in the couple of days since, have added 6 more to my "following" group, all T&F related.
                And I've gained one follower......a person interested in track whom I've never heard of!!

                Question: What is Twitter all about?
                And how does it differ from Facebook?

                On Facebook, I can send (and receive) lengthy messages.
                Like "chatting" or talking/typing on Skype.

                So is Twitter sort of like a Telegram.....a longer message contracted into a 140 letters?
                Sort of like a Haiku??

                I just don't understand it!
                Signed, A 68 year old Luddite! :?

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                • #9
                  Re: Power of Twitter is incredible

                  What is Twitter all about?
                  Basically it's just about connecting. Some might call it the new narcissism. The "message" usually isn't particularly informative. Many times though an Instagram photo can say a lot. I've seen some jaw-dropping ones. I'd post a few here but I'm not sure if that adheres to the rules of the road?

                  I didn't pay much attention to Twitter until last spring. I'm not a member but check certain accounts daily. Some are private (probably with good reason). Harriet the Spy's isn't, which is of concern to me. Would I let M.Cain have an open account if I was her OM? No way.

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