Sports Illustrated has a recent article titled, “Tweet Smell of #success: In five short years, Twitter has transformed sports.”
It’s not the first time the magazine has covered Twitter’s ever-growing influence on the sports world. Here’s another article from 1999 looking at athletes’ contributions to the Twitterati.
Like most sports reporters, I’ve been using Twitter while covering Weber State football and basketball games and now in baseball season from Ogden Raptors games at Lindquist Field. (Shameless plug — If you’re not following me already for Wildcats and Raptors news, I’m @RoyBurton. See you in the Twitterverse.)
Recently I’ve found a new way to combine those tweets into a story using a service called Storify. This is the first one I’ve put together, so let me know what you think. Is this something you’d like to see from Weber State basketball and football games as well?
For this Storify, I’ve just used my own tweets, but if enough people join in, their tweets can become part of the story as well.
I’m also curious what your thoughts are on Twitter’s effect on sports — especially sports media. Do you check Twitter when you’re at a game — or do you wish people would put down their @#$%# phones and pay attention? What about when you’re at home watching on TV?
If you are following sports writers on Twitter, what do you value most? A recap of the action for those who can’t be at the game? Analysis? Witty wisecracks and interaction between reporter and followers?