On the court, it’s no contest. Kobe Bryant is far and away better than Metta World Peace, even with one Achilles tendon (okay, that’s pushing it a little).
But when it comes to Twitter, the mad ball of craziness that fuels World Peace has a perfect platform on which to outshine the more somber Bryant.
In fact, Metta was even named Best Athlete on Twitter at the second annual TradioV Un-verified Twitter Awards (I didn’t just make that up. No, really.)
So being crowned the most Twitter-tastic athlete on the interwebs has to mean that World Peace is a better tweeter than Bryant, right?
Well, not so fast.
I follow very few athletes on Twitter, but I do happen to follow both Kobe and Metta, and find them both to be enjoyable follows.
Let’s be clear: Twitter consumption is a personal and subjective matter (which is probably why the aforementioned awards puts the “Un-verified” right in the title). What appeals to me may not appeal to you.
And both World Peace and Bryant are pretty appealing. Yet, when forced to choose between the two, I enjoy Bryant’s musings more.
They are harder to come by, though. Days can go by without any new material from the Black Mamba, but he’s consistently solid and runs the gamut in terms of mood and tone.
Bryant can be serious, self-reflective, inspirational, jovial and comical. He keeps his tweets pretty balanced between all genres.
World Peace on the other hand, is exactly what you’d expect. He’s impulsive, ridiculous and a bit on the nutty side. He’s certainly not shy about speaking his mind...or using exclamation marks.
That’s where I have to knock Metta a little. All that excitement (a lot of it reserved for things that aren’t remotely exciting) is a bit over the top. And I don’t like my Twitter feed to be dominated by any one person or entity. Selective tweeting is a good thing.
I am going to give World Peace the edge in fan interaction, though. Metta is more prone to bantering with his followers and is also more generous with the re-tweets than Kobe.
One thing I really enjoy about Bryant, though, is his prodigious use of the third person to refer to himself, especially with his nicknames. It’s all about Vino and the Mamba (And all the Mamba variations, like #mambamentality, #mambasrep, #mambagifts, #mambaarmy and, of course, #ladymamba. Classic.).
The thing that really separates Bryant from World Peace for me, though, are the hashtags.
Hashtags are the best part of Twitter. Kobe employs them with verve and aplomb, but Metta uses them sparingly. It’s the key ingredient missing in his tweet game.
Bryant isn’t afraid to drop two or three hashtags in one tweet. He’s even mastered the art of the hashtag as part of the tweet body and not just as a suffix, making his tweets flow as smoothly as his shooting stroke.
You’ve always got to keep an eye on World Peace because you never know when he’s going to blow your mind with a tweet that’s out of this, well, world. But those gems come around just every so often and there’s a lot of noise in the middle.
Consistency and range get Bryant the nod as the better tweet-man. And don’t forget those hashtags! #realtalk #mambaout