Whether it's a passing fad or a trend that's here to stay, social-networking websites like Twitter and Facebook are currently ingrained in our culture and a part of our day-to-day lives. Nearly 200 million people visit Twitter.com each month and there are about 65 million tweets updated daily.
No professional sports league has embraced the social media explosion like the NBA. Compared to other leagues, it has the most followers on Twitter and the most fans on Facebook.
Every single team is represented on Twitter. Not surprisingly, younger teams, like the Oklahoma City Thunder and New York Knicks, have the most amount of players registered. And almost half of the league is signed up for the ever-growing site, sharing whatever thought pops into their head 140 characters at a time.
Most players love tweeting—it's a great way to interact with fans and give the public a (selective) peek into their personal lives.
However, it's not all fun and games. With so many people online at one time, users can see updates instantaneously—not necessarily a good thing if you post something you might regret five minutes later. There have also been several incidents with NBA players on Twitter, including inappropriate messages, pictures or even tweeting at halftime during a game.
So while players shouldn't forget the main purpose of social networking (to be themselves, only in a different light than what the fans normally see), there are a few rules that they should remember to avoid some unwanted publicity.
To all of the NBA players out there reading, here are a couple of guidelines for the next time you're about to tweet: