The New York Yankees have introduced many evils upon the world, but Mark Teixeira’s SportsYapper is truly the evilest. It’s positioned as a kind of Twitter for sports, which perhaps forgets the fact that there is already a Twitter for sports, and it’s called Twitter. A redundant and doomed-to-failure start-up is fine, but viewers of Caps games on CSN last season had to endure a barrage of SportsYapper advertisements. And Yapp it, somehow, despite my protestations, entered the lexicon in 2013.
In April, our own Chris Gordon, at great personal risk, went on SportsYapper and produced one of my favorite pieces of RMNB writing all year.
I dunno if SportsYapper will still be a thing in 2013-14, but it’s not like Teixeira is running out of money anytime soon. So just promise me you won’t go on there. PROMISE ME.
As Tuesday’s game against the Carolina Hurricanes got started, I opened up the SportsYapper app on my iPhone. That was my first mistake.
Bombarded by all the commercials and promotions on Comcast SportsNet, I had already downloaded the app but had never been inclined to use it. It seemed like Twitter, just stupider. Maligned by the media and by us, SportsYapper is like the Columbus Blue Jackets of social media. And after a few hours on the service, I can report that I learned nothing. It is exactly what we thought: Twitter, just stupider.
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