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College Athlete Twitter Tips To Live By

 

With some of the crazy things we have seen on college athlete’s twitter feeds, it is no wonder that social media is under more scrutiny than every before  As Twitter becomes more popular with college athletes, it is important to really think about what you want to tweet and how you want the world at large to see you.  Just because you have the ability to share every small detail of your life does not mean that you actually have to.  You may think that you know who is following you, but most college athletes are surprised when we  run an analysis of who is actually following them.  Like it or not, as a college athlete you carry an enormous amount of responsibility to yourself, to your team, to your coaches and to you school.  Further, you really represent college athletes across the United States every time you tweet.  Be sure you are acting responsibly and when in doubt get some social media training for college athletes.  It will be the best time investment you every made

Let us remind you you of your Social Media Miranda Rights…

Athletes should sometimes invoke their social media miranda rights

 

College Athlete Twitter Tips

1.  You are creating your personal brand that defines you. Think before you tweet to ensure  you are creating that brand with end goal in mind. Don’t tweet nonsense that you would skip over yourself.

2.  Think before you tweet.   Pause for a second before you send your tweet our and think about how your grandmother would feel about what you just said. Once you tweet it, there is no turning back.

3.  Always remember that as a student athlete you not only represent yourself, but your school, coach and teammates as well.

4.  Speaking of them, do not tweet anything they say in confidence or in private. What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas and what happens in the locker room should stay in the locker room.

5.  You remember your mobile phone don’t you?  Things that are private in nature should be sent via text and not on Twitter.   We all know you are a tough guy so don’t feel like you have to prove it.

6.  While it may feel better to vent using profanity, avoid it at all costs.  If you can say it with profanity…you can say it better without it.  That will serve you well in the future

7.  Of course you would never violate any rules or laws, but in the unlikely event you do, don’t share it with the world on Twitter. There are hundreds of stories of careers ruined and scholarships lost over stupidity on Twitter.

8.  Keep your Baby Mama drama to yourself.  if you can’t control the burning desire to share…rememebr that cell phone?  Use it.  The world does not need to hear how much you hate her.

9.   Speaking of hate, don’t spew it…ever..on any topic. If you don’t like school or you coach, you are free to make a move. Stop complaining about things you have no intention of changing.

10.  Don’t Tweet daily about how hard you’re working on the field/court/diamond/weight room/etc. If you were really working that hard, you wouldn’t have all the free time to  tell us all about it.

11.   Never tweet anything you would not be willing to say in a television or radio interview.  Privacy controls are a joke!  You never know when someone might share something you said.  In fact, assume they will.

12. Twitter wars with knuckleheads who are trying to bait you into saying something stupid are just that…stupid. Just ignore it or block their account.

13.  Avoid controversy. Politics, race, religion and sexual orientation are generally a slippery slope. If you want to see how quickly controversial tweets spread, remember what Rashard Mendenhall of The Pittsburgh Steelers tweeted?

14.  If you want a solid lesson on what the results of stupid college athlete twitter use, just take a moment to remember Marvin Austin of UNC

15.  Your reach is much wider than you think.  It’s the morning of a big game/match, you feel like you have the flu and it looks like you won’t be playing tonight. Don’t announce that on Twitter. If you compete in a revenue sport, Tweeting something like that will have ripples that reach all the way to the Las Vegas sports books.

16.  Don’t Tweet after a tough loss. You pour your heart and soul into training to become a champion, and losses are emotionally draining. Sleep on it. Your followers will still be there tomorrow.

17. One of your Twitter followers may be in a position to hire you or draft you one day. Think to yourself if what you are writing would make them think you are someone they would want to hire or draft.

18. Don’t bitch and moan about how hard your life is. You are getting an education, traveling to cool places, getting free gear and much more. Most people would give their right arm for those things.

19. Avoid replying to or ReTweeting Twitter users with vulgar names. Do you really want to be associated with @oddfuckingtaco, @BigPhatBooty or @herpesboy?

 

 Avoiding big trouble with the NCAA

21.  Know the rules for student athletes.  If your badass Twitter background came from someone who normally gets paid for them, then you might be in violation by  receiving an improper benefit.

21.  We all know you were drinking water at the party, but there is no way to prove it tomorrow when someone asks you to prove it.  If you are posing for a photo, be sure to put the drink down or behind your back at the very least.  Never allow yourself to be photographed with a drink in your hand.

22.  You are not tweeting without being noticed.  Yeah sure, maybe that person you are trying to impress missed the tweet, but your athletic compliance office and the NCAA are monitoring your Twitter account. Even if you don’t compete in a major conference or a revenue sport, don’t be fooled into believing nobody is paying attention.

23.  It’s OK to Tweet once about what a great dinner you had at a local restaurant, but multiple mentions of the same business could be considered an endorsement, which is impermissible under NCAA rules.

24.  Share Twitpics when your team takes part in community outreach projects. But it’s important to remember that all students entering ninth grade and older are considered prospective student-athletes (PSAs), and should not appear in any Twitpic (for men’s basketball, PSAs are all students entering seventh grade and older).

 

Keeping Your Coach Happy

25.  If you feel like the Twitter guidelines your coaching staff and/or athletic administrators expect you to comply with prevent you from “keeping it real,” then that should probably be your cue to re-evaluate your definition of “keeping it real.”

26.  Twitter can be a tattle-tale. For instance, you told your coach you missed a team meeting because your phone’s battery was dead and you didn’t get the call/text about the meeting. But if your Twitter timeline shows a Tweet from a mobile app during that time, you’re busted.

There are so many more rules you should know and review frequently before you tweet. Here is a great list of 100 Twitter Rules For College Athletes to Live By written by @darrenrovell

Good luck and remember your Social Media Miranda Rights!

 

 

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