Sports Tweeting: Can Twitter Be Used in Sports Coverage?

SportMonkAnalyst IApril 20, 2009

Oprah has a twitter. Huge, right? Everyone's freaking out.

Wait a second....WHAT? Who cares? What is up with this whole "twitter" thing anyway?

Twitter is the next biggest and greatest thing on the Internet. Everyone from the aforementioned Oprah to Shaq to the NBA and ESPN are tweeting.

Basically, Twitter is Facebook stripped down to just the status updates. You update what you're doing and thinking, and then you find other people to follow their updates. It's simple, and big enough that everyone's buying into it.

I'm sorry to say that the Sport Monk has bought into it as well.

A big reason is my dream job paper, The Oklahoman, has been using Twitter and is looking to expand usage to its key journalists.

As someone worried about there even being journalism jobs open by the time I graduate, I had to jump on the Twitter bandwagon to make myself more marketable.

So this begs the question: How can Twitter be used to cover sports?

Of course, ESPN and other sports networks push news stories and coverage updates on Twitter, and athletes like the "Shaqtastic" O'Neal tweet about games, playoffs and everything else in between.

But sports journalists? How can we use it?

Ideas? Thoughts?

And while we're on it, follow my updates on Twitter (whenever I decide to start sport-tweeting) here.