Alex Smith, Patrick Willis, Jon Beason and that Twitter thing they’re using

If you’ve been living under a rock for the past few days, read up on this story first.

When I signed up for Twitter back in 2009 to help my coverage of the 49ers, I didn’t know exactly what I would be seeing on a daily basis. I frankly think that unless you’re in a business, media or someone that requires constant sending and receiving of information, Twitter is actually pretty pointless.

I just got Twitter in 2009 just to help myself keep track of other dealings and as more and more athletes decide to sign up on Twitter, the more and more I feel that they either use it right or totally wrong.

As in this case, I think it’s a case of right and wrong for Beason and Willis.

I think because Twitter is such an easy outlet for thoughts to be expressed, people tend to use it more often than the other common ways of communicating: phone call, mail, etc.

Of course, with Twitter, a bigger audience is reached. So with Beason, it made sense for him to send a message not only to Smith but to the public on his thoughts. Plus, he was also publicly defending his teammate.

That was a good thing to do but at the same time, it started a ripple. It all could have been avoided if Alex Smith had worded his quote better, but this Beason reaction forced Patrick Willis to react the same way.

(Since Alex Smith doesn’t use Twitter, there was no opportunity for him to respond on the world wide web.)

And that’s what we’ve done in this Twitter world. When it seems that athletes have problems or are uncomfortable with something they don’t really know how to stop, they decide to go Twitter.

Case and point from last year: Roddy White

Eventually he would apologize for his remarks but it furthers my point that Twitter now has been the tool for athletes to talk about other athletes and the news spreads quickly. Instead of going through the media to speak out, every athlete has this tool to just say what they feel.

I don’t know if these athletes really have “beef” with other athletes or maybe they just don’t know what they’re doing on Twitter. But as we continue to watch our sports, Twitter will continue to be a necessity for everything about sports.

Maybe it’s because Twitter is so new nobody has fully grasped its impact yet. Maybe these athletes are so young and rich that they lose perspective of their place. Or maybe this is the evolution of sports.

It can be used for good to promote awareness or to send a positive message. But at the same time, when there’s a problem, going to Twitter to express it can go wrong.

One thought on “Alex Smith, Patrick Willis, Jon Beason and that Twitter thing they’re using

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