Monday, June 1, 2009

Twitter-Dee or Twitter Dumb?

“I’d love it if players Twittered during the middle of a round,” Bivens said in an interview in New York. “The new media is very important to the growth of golf and we view it as a positive, and a tool to be used.”

I didn't wanna open my big mouth since that Time interview, so I had to let C-Biv take the mic first. I still haven't really honed in on my "twittering" skillz, but I understand the value of twitter on a social networking level... BUT - The idea to use it in a professional sport where you are supposed to stay focused? Hmmmm, not so much.

So like, are we gonna hear from Kobe now during time-outs in the playoffs? Never. Because...

The fact is, there is a line between fans and athletes that creates the "illusion and elite depth" of an athlete by the fan. Sure I'd like to hear from Christina Kim during her round, but at the cost of not taking her seriously! Athletes don't use their cell phones during competition or practice!!! Come on!  Athough it may increase "fan engagement", it will cost them legitimacy in the sportsworld. 

It is disrespectful if while watching an athlete to see him/her bust out the blackberry and text (twitter) the world during a game. This ain't social hour ladies... 

"If we’re going to get out of the collared shirts and khaki pants and make golf chic, hip, happening, Christina Kim is exactly the kind of player to reach out and make golf a lot more relevant.” - Carolyn Bivens

CONCLUSION: You can't get rid of khakis by twittering. It is going to take more than a mass text-message to eliminate collared shirts, and (if you haven't already) you probably should've gotten rid of your bad golf fashion during the MySpace era, right? Ha!