If you read the latest edition of Around the Pound, then you might have seen the post over at Cincy Jungle that featured the back-and-forth banter between two egotistical wide receivers.
Pete Kenworthy of newsnet5.com wrote an article today comparing how popular Twitter is among the various sports in Cleveland. His research comes from a site called Tweeting Athletes, which is a nice resource for having all of the players' accounts easily accessible.
The Browns currently have 19 players on Twitter, and it is no surprise that WR/KR Joshua Cribbs has the most followers. CB Joe Haden is behind him for the second most followers.
When Twitter first started gaining popularity, I didn't see the point in it. While I still do not tweet myself, over time I have found many uses for it. Basically, it ends up being a one-stop location where you can find instant feedback on any topic. Search engines like Google, or something like Google News, sometimes take a half hour to update with relevant articles. Case in point: when I saw Christina Aguilaria screw up her lyrics at the Super Bowl, the first thing I did was do a search on Twitter to see if I was mistaken. The fact that there were thousands of tweets within minutes confirmed that I wasn't alone.
As a writer, "following" NFL players and other news sources has become a necessity in today's day and age to make sure I am up-to-date on relevant topics. Someone like Adam Schefter doesn't have to write an article or talk on TV to announce breaking news -- he just needs to submit a short tweet from his phone, and before you know it, hundreds of media outlets will have a story posted that begins with the words, "According to Adam Schefter..."
When it comes to players though, I don't really find myself following them. Sometimes it is interesting to see if someone has a reaction to a player being released or something, but other than that it is just a bunch of personal stuff that really isn't intended for "fans" to see.
How many of you follow at least one NFL player on Twitter? Do you follow an NFL news source besides Dawgs By Nature? Feel free to express whether or not you find any fascination in the use of Twitter as well.