The age of social media is upon us, whether we like it or not. These days there are so many different ways to communicate with people without using conventional methods; see telephone calls and face to face conversation.
This media revolution has also given us unprecedented direct access to our favorite athletes without the benefit of a press pass or a "friend of a friend." Facebook and Twitter lead the way in the technology movement to give people news and information at a volume and speed like never before.
While some athletes struggle with content on the information super highway, others use it well as a platform to interact with a fan base from a safe distance. A 24-hour media means that today's professional athlete is scrutinized like never before. While the attention is welcome to those who love the stage and spotlight, there are others who are less accommodating.
There are currently 100 million active Twitter users. While an estimated 40% of active Twitter users use the service to keep tabs on news and people, over 55% now do so on mobile devices.The top athletes in each sport receive more coverage today than ever. ESPN ensures that the sports news camera is never turned off, and that the flow of information on sports and its participants never ceases.
Twitter exponentially increases an athlete's exposure, whether it is a comment, a picture a video or fan interaction. Its voyeuristic nature lets us see how our favorite people live outside the lines, when they are away from the spotlight. While some of Twitter is just blatant, narcissistic attempts to ensure relevance, many athletes appreciate that they are in complete control of the content that they release.
Hockey players often find themselves far from the spotlight because of the NHL's struggles for relevance in the mainstream. By nature, NHL players are considered to be the most grounded of the four major sports. The NHL's relative anonymity translates into some pretty entertaining exposure for some of hockey's stars, and from lesser known players who would like to be "media" stars.
Here are the players from each NHL team that you need to "follow on the Twitter."