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Twitter and Sports: Anyone Else Feel This Is Too Creepy?

LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 15:  Host Samuel L. Jackson performs onstage during the 2009 ESPY Awards held at Nokia Theatre LA Live on July 15, 2009 in Los Angeles, California. The 17th annual ESPYs will air on Sunday, July 19 at 9PM ET on ESPN.  (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
Mike KlineAnalyst ISeptember 24, 2009

Ok is it me or is this Twitter thing, especially when it comes to athletics, getting a little creepy?

Call me old fashioned, but when adult men or women start following the musings of a 17 to 18 year-old-kid, I find that a bit disturbing.

Twitter has, like My Space and Facebook before it, blown up on the pop culture scene and thus found its way into college athletics and recruiting.

Coaches tweet, or twit or whatever they call it. So do players current and potentially future players.

This is where I see the most problems with the Twitter craze.

Professional athletes were the first ones I heard about using twitter. Now college and even high school kids use it.

While most of what is posted on Twitter is mundane and not at all interesting to anyone who has a life, some of the stuff appears, from what I hear to be entertaining if not informative.

Sports junkies, especially at the college level, have flocked to Twitter to hear the latest on what is going on in their favorite program.

Many recruits of those programs now have twitter pages and regularly post about the ins and out of the recruiting process and their lives.

Not that there is anything fundamentally wrong with that it, but it does seem creepy when middle aged men are analyzing the every syllable of a teenager.

They must feel they could decode something in the message that isn't known by the coaches who are actually recruiting them.

To me it is bit obsessive.

The scary thing is players young and old seem to loose all inhibitions when it comes to tweeting. Players tell just about anything on twitter, as evidence from Kansas point guard Tyshawn Taylor's rant, or the Washington Redskins' Robert Henson's tirade on the team's fans.

I once had a communication professor say that once you communicate something it can't be uncommunicated. The digital age has made that statement so much more true these days.

Not only do players need training on how to do interviews, but now they need to learn what they should and shouldn't put on Twitter or Facebook.

Twitter will surely be a fad that I'm positive will fall out of favor for the next big thing, but for now it is a phenomenon that seems to have no bounds.

While it may be interesting to some, I just think it is a waste of time and I personally could careless about what some high school kid did today or yesterday.

I may want them to come to my favorite school as much as anyone, but unlike some I'm patient enough to wait and hear about it on the news.

Where can I comment?

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