Ahh, the joys of Twitter. What a wonderful outlet. How would you explain such a phenomenon to your Grandmother? Me: “Okay Grandma, so you can send a public text message, or a “tweet” as it’s called, to your friend or favorite actor/actress/songstress/athlete/etc. and then they have the option to publicly (or privately) respond.” Grandma: “Oh wow! Tell James Dean I think he’s swell!” Me: “No Grandma, they have to be LIVING.”
Then there’s the generation that has taken the wide world of Twitter by storm. The doors it has opened to the media and to the process by which we, the common folk, receive information is unreal. Who “Google’s” anything anymore when there is Twitter? And where would T.O. and OchcoCinco be without being able to declare their place in the NFL to a public online audience?? Then there’s that exhilarating feeling that maybe, just MAYBE your favorite actor/actress/songstress/athlete/etc might respond to your pleas for an “RT” or your expression of undying love and admiration. Then they know who you are and your life is complete! Right? Right?
Then there’s the “rules.” (RULES!? WHAT RULES!?) Well, yes, everything comes with rules, whether spoken or unspoken. Well, at least they SHOULD. Too many “celebrities” have gotten into hot water via Twitter. Most professional athletic teams are now including in their contracts the “rules” for social media when signing on a new prospect. I know some agents that won’t even LET their clients “tweet”….they update their account for them!
Here’s my experience: About a year and a half ago, while playing in the Lingerie Football League, I tweeted something that pertained to the promotion of the league. I received a response from the self-acclaimed Twitter King, Darren Rovell himself. (Who?-Yeah, exactly-he’s that guy that tweets how much beer was sold at the Knicks game last night & how much GoDaddy paid for their SuperBowl Ad). So he proceeds to tell me that he is a supporter of the league and that we would assist me in getting more Twitter “followers.” Great! I thought to myself, “wow, great random guy that has more followers than me, thanks!” And I thanked him, he followed me, he tweeted and “retweeted” my promotional info and offered his support, then “unfollowed” me and deleted the previous tweets and “direct messages” to me. Huh?? Nothing was inappropriate. Nothing was weird. It was strictly business-related and I was gracious for the support. So why the deletion? (Disclaimer: I am NOT losing sleep over this at all. Haha)
The saga continues: today, I tweeted my best friend in the entire sports world, Mr. Nick Spano summarizing my “Rovelling” story. I included Mr.Rovell himself on that tweet. He responded. Uhhhhhh….. Nevertheless, I didn’t respond. Thanks but no thanks sir.
In which he direct messaged me saying “I’d be glad to give you my email if you want, I follow 1200 people” Huh? Now I am not the first person he weirded out thanks to his twitter, while at the Super Bowl, Rovell tweeted a picture of a few Playboy playmates and followed up with a very Rovell-like tweet, criticizing the girls. Then when denied a picture from one of the girls later, he then dropped the CARDINAL TWITTER SIN via Playmate Jaime Edmondson:
What really sparked the rude comment that @darrenrovell made (because I was there) is that when he asked to take a photo w/ me on the red carpet, the closest person to us was on the phone and advised they were unavailable because they were in the middle of handling an issue at VIP check in and to see if someone else could take it…he then said to me in a snotty fit “Oh not even for my 175,000 Twitter followers” and stormed away
THE DUDE REALLY DROPPED THE “I HAVE 175K twitter followers” IN REAL LIFE? WOW. My point is simply to ask this question; what are the “rules” for Twitter etiquette? What should be considered offensive or rude? What should be ‘brushed off?’ In a world that is so reliant on technology and social media, with less “human” interaction, shouldn’t the same ethics apply to the Internet as they would in meeting/networking in person?
From here on out, on Twitter, when you follow/tweet/delete, it shall be considered “Rovelling.”