Twittering baseball

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Tim Thompson
September 6, 2011

Twitter is amazingly useful when it comes to acquiring information. I have become quite fond of Twitter this season for no other reason than the instant access to baseball-related information. Lots of baseball-related information.

Iíve had a Facebook account for several years and really saw no point in setting up a Twitter account. My friends and family all were on Facebook, so why add one more? Then I signed up for Twitter and it didn't take long to realize its awesomeness, especially when compared to Facebook.

To me, labeling Twitter as "social media" is way too general. Facebook is about communicating with and keeping tabs on family and friends, and most people try to avoid "friending" strangers. If you want to know about your friendsí bathrooms and sleeping patterns, Facebook is perfect and most definitely social.

Twitter is a bit different. Iím somewhat new to the site but have learned that "following" people has nothing to do with being friends. There literally are millions of people -- real and imaginary -- that you can "follow" on Twitter. This is where the media part of Twitter trumps the social aspect of Facebook. You can follow your favorite athletes, actors, comedians, news personalities, politicians, mascots and have instant access to their input. You can communicate with them 140 characters at a time -- and the goal is to get them to communicate with you.

Twitter is a constant barrage of tweets and re-tweets pertaining only to the information you want. My Twitter account, of course, is full of baseball people. I follow the beat reporters for the Crew, the players on the team, some minor-league players, ESPN reporters and fellow baseball fans. There are a few actors/comedians in there as well, but for the most part my feed is baseball information all day long.

One of my favorite "tweeps" is @TweetsFrom1982, who posts as if Al Gore had invented the internets just a few years earlier. There are Brewers-themed tweets quoting player stats and facts from 1982. There also are tweets that mimic the action from 1982 games, almost as if Uecker was posting updates. It's as close to the excitement of 1982 as you can get without a Doc Brown-modified DeLorian, plus itís a great way to enjoy a Brewers game on an off-day.

I use my Twitter account to get baseball information, but you can customize yours to follow any interest you have. It really is an amazing tool and the benefits are far different than those of Facebook. Do you use one or both of these social-media platforms? When it comes to getting information, which do you prefer?

Follow me on Twitter

Follow these Brewers on Twitter:
-- Mitch Stetter: @mitchstetter
-- Francisco Rodriguez: @El_kid_rod57
-- LaTroy Hawkins: @adidas219
-- Nyjer Morgan: @TheRealTPlush
-- John Axford: @JohnAxford
-- Bernie Brewer: @Bernie_Brewer

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