— Brooks Laich (@brookslaich) February 20, 2013
A historic Twitter moment.
Over the weekend, the internet embarrassed itself once again when a Penn State student website called the Onward State prematurely reported Joe Paterno’s death. At 8:45 PM on Saturday, the website tweeted: “Our sources can now confirm: Joseph Vincent Paterno has passed away tonight at the age of 85.” CBS Sports, The Huffington Post, and SB Nation — all in a rush to get their stories up first to rank well in Google — posted stories of their own minutes later without attributing their information or checking their own sources. The Paterno family debunked the news shortly thereafter and a lot of yolk was on a lot of peoples’ faces.
The student editor of the newspaper stepped down hours later, but the aftermath has spread far beyond that, not the least of which has been the many voices blaming Twitter for the spread of false information. Ronnie Ramos of the National Sports Journalism Center offers a counterpoint here, positing that the problem is not with Twitter itself, but with simply reporting responsibly in any medium.
Lady Gaga and NYC Mayor Alex “the gr8” Bloomberg orchestrate the dropping of the ball.
Caps’ players certainly seemed happy this past weekend. How can you tell? With a Twitter account and a pair of binoculars. The guys were ragging on each other, answering fan questions, posting pictures, the whole shabangabang. I guess that’s what happens when you win four of six games and get Sunday off. Now that our hangovers have finally subsided, here’s a sobering recollection of those tweets.
Join me if you will, RMNB readers, and let’s take a journey into the complex social (network) lives of our favorite players.
Remember this? Ovi’s All-Star Fantasy Draft photo of Phil Kessel netted over 11,000 hits in two hours.
Yes, the rumors are true! After 25 long months, the Great Eight has decided to start tweeting again. Why? Who cares. Just make sure to give one of the coolest players in hockey a follow here, @ him, and try to hit him up for some free Caps tix like Chad Ochocinco just did. (Someone please help make that happen, ASAP.)
If you’re really, really excited and just absolutely cannot contain yourself, please feel free to abuse our comments section below.
Who needs ESPN? The signing of right wing Eric Fehr to a two-year contract, reported to be worth $2.2 million per year, was brought to us the old-fashioned way: via Twitter, from Uno Seis himself while he summers at his cabin in Winkler, Manitoba. Take that Greenwich!
We know what you’re thinking: Do a joint “Two More Years” celebratory party at Front Page on July 31st! We would, but sadly Fehr intends to spend the rest of the summer in Manitoba before returning to D.C.
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