The “twits on Twitter”
Last week, local sports radio station CKAC posted that Scott Gomez had been traded to the Buffalo Sabres on their
Facebook page. It was obviously an erroneous post, but it did manage to cause a little bit of buzz on Facebook, then Twitter, and later in the media.It was being discussed on the Team990 on the afternoon show (with Pierre McGuire on the line) and they started laughing about how the report came from “the twits on Twitter.” Trying to point out how, yet again, it was a mainstream media member or outlet that had reported the false information is futile and frankly exhausting at this point.
But I got to thinking about those “twits on Twitter” they were laughing about and dismissing. Who exactly are these twits?
I got The Active Stick a Twitter account before I had even posted my first post, mostly because I wanted to follow hockey on a different account than my personal/professional one. The first thing I did was add as many official NHL Twitter accounts as there were at the time (about 14/30, I think), some sports broadcasters and personalities, and my two favourite hockey bloggers at the time. Or the only two hockey bloggers I’d heard of at the time. Whatever. The point is I added DGB and PPP. I did a lot of following and not much tweeting for a while, until a little talk about the Habs made me some new Twitter connections. Over a year later I follow hundreds of people and a ton of misguided Twitter folk follow my insane ramblings, too.
Here’s what I have learned:
- The twits on Twitter are often able to talk about hockey without courting ratings and hits. A novel concept.
- The twits on Twitter will immediately shower you with helpful responses about a CBA rule or salary cap question that’s been confusing you. Try calling Pierre or Mitch or Andie and asking them how waivers work, I dare you.
- The twits on Twitter include Bob McKenzie, Dave Stubbs, Cassie Campbell and others I respect as much. You know, those who answer the really complicated questions solely for the good of their followers.
- The twits on Twitter don’t actually go around “breaking” false news like people having passed away (GAH) or Gomez being traded to Buffalo.
- The twits on Twitter are wonderful people to have a beer with.
- They’ll come through for you when Google can’t. I was looking for batting cages in and around Montreal earlier this year. Google told me there were two. The twits on Twitter found me five more.
- The twits on Twitter can sometimes become your friends. The kind of friend that will take care of you when you’re sick, buy you dinner or bring over some wine and listen to you cry for hours, go to stupid movies nobody wants to see with you just because you want to, hang out in Lachine with you, make you laugh for six hours straight, be proud of you when you accomplish things, and push you to be brave.
- PS there is no reason to hang out in Lachine so don’t do it.
- The twits on Twitter will make you laugh all through your workday, because Allan Walsh is hypersensitive, Kyle Wellwood is fat, and fans throw waffles at the Leafs.
- This hasn’t happened to me but I have witnessed it, and you know I don’t lie unless I am saying nice things about Luke Schenn’s looks: The twits on Twitter can turn into a relationship – the kind that makes you smile so much your cheeks hurt.
- The twits on Twitter can learn you football.
- And cooking.
- The twits on Twitter can share stuff with you that show you that you’re not alone when it comes to stuff you’re struggling with.
- And send you emails on a Monday saying that you’re awesome and not to let anybody tell you different.
- The twits on Twitter will give you job leads and career advice.
- If you read this blog you’ll know that the next step for me is Toronto. I already had a lot of friends in Toronto, but now I have twice as many, thanks to the twits on Twitter.
- The twits on Twitter become your five readers. The best five readers in the world.
Not bad, for a bunch of twits.